No Indian bridal attire is ever complete without Indian bridal jewellery and accessories.
The shimmer of gold and the sparkle of the stones beautifully complement the bridal wear to give it a spellbinding look.
Therefore you can be wearing the best designer bridal wear that money can buy, but without that necklace around the neck and bangles around your wrist, that dress will not have the desired effect. So what are the various kinds of Indian bridal jewellery and accessories that help complete and attain the bridal look? Here is a lowdown!
A nath is an accessory that is worn on the nose. While in the past this was worn as a piercing, women these days avoid the piecing and go for ones that can be clipped on or stuck on the nose. Nose pin styles can vary from a basic stud to an elaborate ring, complete with a chain that connects it to a earring. A nath is an important piece of Indian bridal jewellery which comes in distinctive styles according to the region that the bride belongs to.
Earrings that are a part of Indian bridal jewellery are different from regular earrings in that they are made of gold and are examples of fine craftsmanship. Indian gold jewellery designs for earrings are elaborate with the earrings being large in size. A typical traditional bridal earring is the jhumka that has a large dome shaped drop with a studded or engraved top. Earrings help add sparkle to any outfit and transform you into a dazzling diva in an instant. We also love and recommend chandelier designs that are currently all the rage. Go in for styles with kundan stones or semi-precious stones that are appropriate and dressy enough to be teamed with your wedding attire.
The ceremony of maang bharai is of utmost significance during a Hindu wedding. It is the ritual where the groom applies sindoor on the parting of the bride’s hair - a symbol of being married. With the ‘maang’ being the focus of the ritual, it is but natural that it should be decked up in jewelled finery. Brides do so by wearing the maang tikka - a piece of jewellery that is worn on the hair and forehead. Indian gold jewellery designs for the maang tikka often have a drop shaped pendant with intricate designs suspended from thea chain. One of the the chain is hooked to the hair. The other end of the maang tikka which is the pendant, sits prettily on the forehead. It is often studded with beads or stones, with hangings at the bottom for a glorious look that goes beautifully with wedding wear. Check out some of our exquisite maang tikkas and other headpieces here.
A baju band is an accessory that is worn on the arms and is an essential part of Indian bridal jewellery. They can be solid pieces of adjustable girth that can be slid onto the arms or can be shaped like a bracelet with a hook that can be worn around the arms. A baju band is often chosen to complement the bridal attire in terms of the colour and design. Some brides with already extravagant blouses or cholis choose to avoid this lest that the overall look is too loud.
A Kamar Band or Cummerband is worn around the waist (kamar in Hindi), like a sash. Made of metal, the kamar band can have delicate chains in its detailing or can have colourful stones studded in it. It is not only ornamental but also has practical use for the bride. It helps hold the bridal saree in place and also accentuates the waist.
Empty wrists stick out like a sore thumb and hence the need for them to be accessorised to complete the bridal look. Brides often wear at least two dozens of bangles on each hand during the wedding. Bangles are typically made of gold, other metals or glass with gold being the most preferred metal while buying bangles. Indian gold jewellery designs for bangles range from thin bands with engravings to thick carved bangles that are called kadas.The trend is to mix and match metals and colours so that they perfectly complement the bridal attire. Brides in some Indian communities also wear what is known as a Chooda set. Usually in red and white colour and 21 in number, these glass and ivory bangles are worn by the bride well beyond the wedding, sometimes for a duration of one year, making it easy to recognise a newlywed bride a mile away.
Haathphool, roughly translating to ‘hand-flower’ is an accessory that adorns the back of the bride’s palm. Comprising of finger ring(s) connected to a bracelet via intricately made chains, the haath phool looks amazing on the bride’s hands that are covered in henna designs. Choose from styles ranging from simple gold designs to those that are studded with kundan or other precious stones. Since it is not a very common accessory, wearing a haath-phool will definitely make you stand out. What's more, we've got them in some striking styles that will simply floor you. Check them out here.
Be it a choker or a long chain or a combination of the two, no Indian bridal jewellery assortment is complete without neckpieces. Styles vary from simple and elegant to striking and ostentatious designs. If your style is simple, then you could choose to go in for elegant chains in varying length that are worn together for a layered look. If you want to wear Indian gold jewellery designs that will make a statement, then go in for a multi-tier choker necklace that is studded with baubles large enough to make one’s eyes pop. Jewellery made of diamonds, kundan and other precious stones are most popular with Indian brides. If too much bling is not your cup of tea, you could also choose necklaces with semi-precious stones or those made of pure gold.
With your feet being so much in the focus while you are circumambulating around the fire or while you are getting your toe-rings put on, it becomes important to even accessorise your legs. Delicate anklets with tinkling bells that make music every time you walk will most definitely allure. While traditional designs are made of silver, you could even match your anklets to the rest of your jewellery and choose designs with pearls, stones and kundan as well.
The rule of the thumb while you are out to choose bridal jewellery is not just to consider each piece in isolation but to take into account the whole look when you wear all the individual pieces together. Choose jewellery that has some consistency in terms of style and design. This way, when you wear them all together, they will complement each other and tell a beautiful story that will make it impossible for anyone to take their eyes off you.
While this is a comprehensive list of Indian bridal jewellery and accessories, it is not all. Every region of India has a unique way in which the aforementioned pieces of jewellery are designed or have a whole new accessory that is native to that region. It may not be possible for us to cover every single aspect of Indian bridal jewellery from across the country in one post, but now that we have told you about the mind boggling options on offer, we have just one tip for you - don’t hold yourself back while choosing bridal accessories. For it is after all your wedding and the occasion will not come round again!