Ever since the day I knew I was going to married to my beloved, I had a sudden interest in me like most brides-to-be in frantically looking for my dream outfit, jewellery and just about everything bridal. To be totally honest, it was only during this time that I started looking at and showing keen interest with regards to jewellery. Prior to this I could care less about any Indian Gold jewellery. I was happy to wear what Mom had and sometimes even thought wearing ‘gold jewellery’ to occasions was so ridiculous! I loved (and still love) random high street jewellery and Mom had always told me that one day when I grow up I will feel silly for ‘wasting’ money on worthless jewellery. Only if I had stopped and given a thought about it then. But I was young and couldn’t care less about the future. Anyway so since I have been looking at jewellery, these are some of my favourite and to-die-for pieces of jewellery for me.
These Temple jewellery top my favourite jewellery category list. Made by Kemp stones (un-cut polished stones in Red and Green) and pearls which was traditionally graced to the Hindu idols (Gods and Goddess) which later was adopted by the then Maharajas and Maharanis and the other courtiers. It was also used by the Indian dancers (Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi etc) to perform within the Hindu temples. Hence the name Temple jewellery. I love the traditional and ethnic side to it. Defiantly bridal!!
Polki and Kundan
Ok some of the pictures above many not exactly be ‘antique’ but probably a modern version from the Mughal era? So I was wondering if Kundan and Polki are two different types but it basically happens to be the same kind. So the polki is with diamond stone or what they call ‘uncut diamond’ (which is obviously more expensive!) and kundan is made of semi-precious stones (which may be slightly cheaper). Anyway I this is so sophisticated and yes! I love it too! 😉 I cannot have enough of it.
So the rest are Meenakari (enamelling with stones) and Thewa (which is more like a TanJore painting). Although these come from the Maharaja or the Mughal era with intricate details, they do not top my list of favourites. But of course if DH decides to buy me one, I will not refuse! Lol. I might be missing a few more I suppose?! Anyway this is my list.
So if you’ve been to the jewellers with your parents or elders then have you been in a situation like me where you absolutely fallen these jewellery yet you have been refused because of ‘oh, they don’t have resell value’? Lol. But aren’t these antique jewellery just so gorgeous? I have been lucky to have been given some from my Mom, grandparents, in-laws my lovely Aunt and DH also buying me something antique and traditional as a wedding present which values more to me with all love and respect.xx