Indian Jewellery: An age old passion !!

For centuries Indians have been known for their love for jewellery and craftsmanship involved in making these pieces from various metals such as gold, silver, bronze, copper etc. This love for intricate traditional jewellery is seen even in the excavations done in Harappa, the Indus valley civilization.

Adorning jewellery has been a part of the culture diaspora of India, with women, men and children adorned in jewellery in some form or the other. There is a vast knowledge of high quality jewellery techniques on precious metals in the Indian culture. Looking back in Indian history one can see that how jewellery has distinctly changed in various socio economic levels of Indian society Wearing hand-crafted, intricate designs has been a status symbol from centuries in India, and this social trait is observed even today.

These days Jewellery designs have become contemporary, artisan work around traditional designs to make pieces that suit the modern Indian woman.

What has inspired Indian artisans?

Nature has always played a pivotal role in inspiring artisans, along with the rich Indian heritage of temples adorned with intricate carvings. There is a form of jewellery in southern India called “temple jewellery”. These designs are directly inspired by the apsaras carved out on temple walls and entrances.

Types of Indian Jewellery:

To be adorned from head to toe in jewellery was considered to be epitome of status and beauty in olden times. There are various categories of jewellery in Indian culture – jewellery adorned by gods, jewellery adorned by courtesans, jewellery worn by royalty, and jewellery worn by common people. While those worn by the upper class were made in gold with precious stone embellishments, those worn by the lay man were designed from silver and other metals.



Contemporary Indian Jewellery:

Indian jewellery has become a global phenomenon and has come to age with times. Many international designers are taking keen interest in intricate designs created by Indian craftsmen. Gold dominates the minds of Indian women as far as jewellery goes. Silver also forms an integral part of Indian jewellery as it has its own charm and elegance. A mix of modern and tradition is what today’s Indian women want.

Bollywood has taken Indian jewellery beyond boundaries and has made it famous amongst Europeans and Americans. Traditional Indian Jhumkas have become a global style statement.



There exist several styles of jewellery making across the length and breadth of the country. Some of them are Filigree, temple jewellery, meenakari, enamel work, kundan work. These styles dominate the contemporary designs in gold and silver and each style has its own uniqueness.

An Indian marriage and jewellery go hand in hand, where certain jewellery pieces are passed on as family heirlooms, from mother to daughter and so on.

Keeping in mind the taste of modern Indian women, many jewellery brands have come up with light weight jewellery for women, where the traditional designs are tastefully given contemporary look. There is a good demand of Indian designs in international market also India’s love for bold jewellery is picked up by international designers. Indian jewellery is sure to go places.
Amelia Smith

Nutritionist, herbalist, health and medicine writer and yoga enthusiast, Amelia Smith, is a professional in the health, nutrition and diet industry.

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