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