The Traditional Indian Jewelry

Man, have always enjoyed decorating himself with different ornaments. In primitive age, humans use to wear ornaments made up of beads, stones and animal bones. As we progressed and went under a civilized society, we started using jewels crafted out of precious stones like gold, silver, and pearls. The history also describes the usage of precious and semi-precious stones. Certain of them were also considered sacred.

You can even see people endorsing jewels made up of rudhraksh and tulsi beads which are still being used by modern Indians.

The rich craftsmanship into jewelry designing in India comes from various cultures it has hailed throughout the history. Every region would endorse its own peculiar form of same jewel piece, stamped with its unique craftsmanship.

If someone wants to see the history of jewels in India, the temples are the best place to view them. Indian people still consider putting their savings into theform of gold, hence they often buy gold. This love for gold have given this art form a much-needed boost and one can experience various new forms of jewels being introduced in the market in terms of design, color, and form.

There are few pieces of jewelry which are exclusive to Indian tradition and its history and they represent the traditional Indian jewelry in a holistic form. You may find various other jewelry pieces which have its footprints in Indian history;however, you will still be able to relate it to these traditional pieces.


It’s a head ornament which originated in the state of Rajasthan. It is a kind of tiara worn by Rajasthani women on their heads. It consisted of uncut diamonds and elongated emerald drops.


Kada or a pair of bracelets were popularized from Varanasi. They were endorsed in various forms. Usually, floral designs were carved on precious stones and worn on the wrists. They could be hollow, solid, or filled withaclay called lac.  Usually, the ends of Kada would endorse twin peacocks or elephants.


Vanki was a form of armlet popularized in thesouthern part of India. It was carved out of gold and inlaid with rose-cut diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. You may fight different forms of it from various parts of India. However, this one was typical due to its specific design which was basically two coiled snakes or two parrots carved on it.


The nose piece is never discovered the way it was discovered in various parts of India. You have different forms in adifferent state. Since it is a piece of ornament which is considered sacred for married women and needs to be worn every day, it has evolved a lot since its inception.

Hair Serpent

This ornament is worn by ladies in thesouthern part of thecountry over braided hairs. It is usually carved out of gold or silver with sun like figure on the top and fine carving all through. This head piece was widely popularized by temple dancers and Bharatanatyam dancers.