TRADITIONAL EARRINGS THAT COMPLEMENT SAREES

Every Indian woman is aware that a traditional attire such as a saree is deemed incomplete without a pair of show-stopping earrings. Similar to bags and shoes, a woman can’t have enough variety of earrings. After all, we need them to match the variety of outfits that we have! In fact, Bollywood divas like Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor are famous for showcasing beautiful and stylish earrings.

TRADITIONAL EARRINGS

If you’re wondering which types of earrings you can wear with your saree, consider the following options:

Latkans

This style of earring is simple, casual yet elegant. They pair perfectly with sarees, ghagra cholis and other traditional Indian outfits. In fact, sleek latkans with a plain chain can also be worn with fusion gowns.

Latkan earrings

Jhumkas

Jhumkas are a traditional style of earring and perhaps the most recognized. There are an assortment of jhumka styles from plain metallic such as silver, copper and gold to colourful jhumkas in regular stones and semi-precious stones. Some jhumkas are accented with dangling pearls. This beautiful earring is a perfect complement to a saree, lehenga choli, anarkali suit or even kurta and pyjama. You can easily match the color of the jhumka to the outfit or play it safe by opting for simple gold tone ones.

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Studs

Some women don’t like the heaviness of earrings and prefer something lightweight. Studs are the perfect solution. These are an excellent option for women who prefer simpler jewellery. Studs don’t have to be very small. They can be sparkling and larger than the average stud. However, keep in mind that when wearing a stud it is best to style your hair up, i.e. in an up do or a bun. This will make your facial area (and ears) more noticeable.

studs for women

Chand Balis

Chand balis are elegant, sophisticated and stylish. You’ve likely seen them being worn by Deepika Padukone in Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram-Leela. These earrings are a perfect pairing with sarees. In fact, they suit chaniya cholis as well.

Chand Balis Online

Chandelier Earrings

Chandeliers are lengthy earrings that often reach just above the shoulders. They are graceful, pretty and charming. Chandeliers are perfect with contemporary sarees and Indo-Western gowns.

Chandelier Earrings

Tiered Jhumkas

This stylish earring is the latest rage in fashion today. They are a fresh and unique take on traditional jhumkas. Tiered jhumkas are multiple jhumkas lined up in succession as opposed to a single jhumka in the traditional form. These are well suited for sarees as well as kurtis and salwar suit sets.

Tiered Jhumkas Online

When dressing up in a saree, ghagra choli, salwar suit or Indo-Western gown, don’t forget to complete your look with a pair of beautiful traditional earrings.

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THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTIFUL BRASS JEWELRY

The making and wearing of brass jewellery is as old as antiquity. This metal has a unique appearance. Although it appears like gold, it is an alloy of zinc and copper. The use of brass can be traced to the Neolithic period. Unlike other metals, it is a flexible and soft material, ideal for jewellery making.

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History of Brass
The word ‘brass’ has been found in several ancient texts, particularly the Bible. From the 8th to 7th century BC, direct references to brass were found on cuneiform tablets. They were called ‘copper of the mountains’. It wasn’t until the latter part of the millennium BC that the use of brass became widespread. Starting in Spain and then Britain, it spread to India and Iran in the East. Brass exports from the Middle East region reached the coast of the East Mediterranean which led to the widespread production of brass-based military equipment and coins in Rome.

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In Europe, brass was also used to pay respect to the departed. Embellished and engraved brass plates were often hammered onto the surface of tombs.

The use of brass was also common with affluent society. It was a common sight to see candlesticks, chandeliers, sundials, navigation and astronomy instruments made from brass.

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In India, the use of brass was documented from the 1st century BC. Archaeological findings have unearthed brass coins from the Dhanadeva and Arya Varma of Ayodhya. In the Charak-Samhita text of Ayurveda, brass is regarded as ‘Rit’ along with silver, copper and gold.

Current Use of Brass
Today, brass is seen in a variety of home décor objects such as incense stands, candle holders, engraved plates and lamps. The use of brass can also be seen in belt buckles, pocket watches, figurines and cigarette lighters. Brass products continue to be the leading choice for presenting gifts.

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Brass jewellery is also a popular item. With the rising cost and unaffordability of gold, more women are embracing as a replacement for their jewellery. Brass bangles with a matte finish and subtle engravings are often sought after to be worn with Indo-Western outfits. Brass is also used to make kadas, bracelets, anklets, toe rings, braided brass necklaces, earrings, and Meenakari-style jewellery sets. Brass is suitable for all types of apparel, but it best compliments with warm hues like black, maroon and red.

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Topmost Indian Jewelry of All Time

It is a universal fact that women and pieces of jewelry are two sides of one coin. India is the biggest example of this notion. Women of India never consider jewelry as a mere artistic piece of precious metal; instead, the pieces of jewelry they purchase or inherit are the assets to be kept forever. Pieces of jewelry in India have exclusive significance since the designs of these are based on the cultures of different parts of the country. Below are the details of them:

Topmost Indian Jewelry

Traditional Jewelry of Kerala

  • The Kerala-based jewelry has another name, the Malabar jewelry
  • Malabar Jewelries are made up of heavy gold of the purest forms
  • The designs mostly get inspiration from floral attributes of nature
  • Manga Mala Necklace is the most common traditional necklace
  • Kasu Mala has designs of coin
  • Kolusu is the anklet
  • Jhimkis are earrings in the shape of bells

Manga Mala Necklace Kerala

Traditional Jewelry of West Bengal

  • The majority of pieces of jewelry come down as inherited pieces which maintain the flow of the traditional designs
  • Nath is worn by the females and as per the people of the society, the bigger the nath is, the higher is her status
  • Paati Haar is popular to wear in Durga Puja
  • Jhumko or traditional Danglers are common
  • The ladies wear the Maang Tika on the head
  • Chur are traditional bracelets
  • The five finger rings attached to a bracelet is known as Ratan Chur

Maang Tikka of West Bengal

Traditional Jewelry of Maharashtra

  • Nathni is the traditional nose ring embedded with pearls
  • Thushi is a pure twenty-two karat gold solid necklace worn during wedding
  • Vaaki is a traditional arm band decorated with stones
  • Ambada Veni Phool is a traditional Hairpin
  • Mohan Mala is a long necklace

Ambada Veni Phool of maharashtra

Traditional Jewelry of Rajasthan

  • The royal history of Rajasthan inspires the state’s pieces of jewelry
  • The pieces of jewelry are creative and colorful
  • Women wear Lac bangles in odd numbers which has variety of styles and form perfect set with seventeen bangles for upper arm and nine bangles for the lower arm

Lac bangles Rajasthan

  • Kundan and Jadau designs are globally renowned for being colorful
  • The polka is a signature cut of precious gems like diamonds, ruby, sapphire, and emerald