The occasion of Wedding is a special day for any person. In India, it is considered a highly sacred bond. An Indian woman regards the day of her marriage as the most important day in her life. To make this special day perfect, preparations go on for months in Indian households. Jewellery plays a very important role in Indian weddings. An Indian bride is usually decked up from head to toe in beautiful jewellery that complements her attire and personality. Traditionally, wedding jewellery meant two gold wedding bands, one for the bride and one for the groom. These days however, couples are not just getting more daring with their wedding rings, they are choosing to accessories their wedding outfits with special wedding jewellery as well.
Jewellery for Indian Bride:
An Indian bride looks resplendent in her wedding jewellery. It is the most important part of the overall attire of the blushing bride. Jewellery styles and preferences vary in different Indian states. Bridal jewellery is a lot dependent on the particular traditions and customs that are associated with the respective culture of the region. But there are some distinct bridal jewellery as:
Maangtika or Tiara:
The tiara, called the Maangtika in Hindi is used to adorn the center forehead parting of the bride. Maangtikas are now available in different styles and colors. Usually, for bridal wear, a Maangtika with a decorative center piece is preferred with a long string. In the modern times, tiaras in the form of crowns are also being used.
The trend of using hair accessories is getting highly popular in today’s times. It is fast becoming a fashion statement. The hair accessories should coordinate with the attire of the bride. If the bride’s dress is studded with diamonds, hair accessories encrusted with diamonds can be used. Pearl headgear and silver hairpins are also in the fashion world. In certain communities in India, elaborate headgear made of flowers is used as part of bridal wear.
Earrings are available in every imaginable style and color. They range from small, dangling, heavy ones. Earrings are available in different metals and using different gemstones or pearls. Nowadays, the trend is to wear earrings covering the whole ear. Brides typically wear earrings that are attached to a chain, which is hooked in the hair.
The nose ring traditionally worn by Indian brides is in the form of a ring, which is attached to a chain that is hooked in the hair. It is called ‘Nath’ in Hindi. In certain castes, the nose ring is worn without the chain. With the changing fashions, the nose ring is also undergoing a change. It is now available in different styles and is fast becoming a fashion statement.
The necklace is the most versatile piece of bridal jewellery in today’s times. It is available in a variety of styles and colors. The type of necklace is chosen depending upon the neckline of the bride’s dress as well as the color and pattern. According to fashion experts, a long necklace would look good with a deep neck while a choker would suit a smaller neckline.
An armband is called ‘Bajubandh’ in Hindi. It is also a widely used piece of bridal jewellery, which is worn on the upper part of the arms.
The bangles are one of the most important part of a bride’s attire. A variety of bangles made of different metals and studded with different gemstones and pearls is available in the market today. Nowadays, bracelets are becoming popular as bridal wear.
Finger rings are also one of the most important pieces of bridal jewellery. There are a number of styles available in the market in case of rings. Like other jewels, rings are also available in different metals, colors and gemstones. Generally, finger rings are worn on the ring fingers. However finger rings can be worn on several fingers, as per the preference of the bride.
A ring bracelet is a bracelet that is attached to finger rings by way of chains is also called Haathphool in Hindi. It is a custom in certain castes in India to wear ring bracelets.
Mangal Sutra :
This necklace with black beads with a gold or diamond pendant is a mark of complete bridal look. It is tied by the groom on the bride’s neck and symbolizes union.
Also known as pajeb or payal, it adorns the ankle of the bride and displays some excellent meenakari or kundan work or even beads.
Bichua or Chutki:
Toe Rings are a great way to adorn Bride’s feet and are one of the signs of marital bliss.