Bridal Jewellery Essentials
1. Maang Tikka
Maang Tikka is an essential part of Bridal Jewellery. This ornament contains a centrepiece loaded with large precious gemstones and rests on the central parting of the hair. In India, women wear Maang Tikkas of different types, of which the most popular style has a heavy centrepiece with a hook at the rear end.
2. Nath (The Nose Ring)
The traditional Nose Ring (Nath or Nathni) signifies the beginning of a happy married life. Wearing Nose Rings in todays age has become a trend and young girls are wearing fashionable Nose Rings even before getting married.
The importance of Bangles/Kangans can be perceived from the fact that in many religions of India, two important jewellery items Mangalsutra and Kangans identify a bride. Bangles form an important part of a brides jewellery ensemble. In some Indian communities, there are elaborate ceremonies where the bride is asked to wear Bangles of some specific colours by her relatives.
Necklaces carry high significance when it comes to the perfect bridal look. In India, Necklaces are one of those precious pieces that are passed down from one generation to another as a token of legacy. It is indeed an important part of the bridal attire. Necklaces are usually of three designs 1. Simple Chains, 2. Chokers and 3. Long Chains.
5. Angoothi (Ring)
The engagement ring is worn in the ring finger of the left hand by the bride. It could be a plain band made of metal or could have various motifs and patterns embossed with stones set in it.
Earrings are like a catalyst. They just change the completely casual look to a stunning formal one within seconds. Brides often have a decent variety of Earrings to pair with their dresses. Bridal Earrings are usually made of precious metals, studded with precious stones.
Mangalsutra is the auspicious thread that the groom ties around the brides neck at the wedding ceremony. It indicates that the woman is married and is primarily worn by the women in western and southern parts of India. This thread symbolizes the love and attachment of nuptial bond.
8. Kamarband or Tagdi
Waist band/Kamarband is a delicate piece of jewellery worn around the waist by brides. It is usually worn with mid-riff baring dresses like lehngas or sarees. It gives a delicate look to the bride, enhancing her elegance and charm.
9. Armlet or Baajuband
This is more of a fashion accessory worn by the brides, which gives them a more traditional and classical look. In ancient times, armlets were also worn by Indian men.
10. The Set
A set is a Necklace with matching Earrings and a Ring. Sets are usually made of precious metals and stones like gold and diamonds. The most popular styles include Kundan.