India’s love for jewellery is not hidden from the world. We Indians rush to shop for jewellery when the gold prices take a dip. Surprisingly we also indulge in jewellery when gold prices are soaring, anticipating a further spike. So we need no rhyme or reason to add a new piece of jewellery into our collection.
When it comes to statement dressing, an Indian ensemble is not complete without the emphatic presence of a necklace. It plays a vital role in uplifting an ethnic look.
Internationally a necklace is viewed as a woman’s adornment but the Maharajas of ancient India showered equal fondness to lavish necklaces. This picture of Maharaja of Patiala and Maharaja of Mysore respectively, exemplifies the love of jewellery harboured by the Indian royals.
If you have witnessed an Indian bride, especially a bride from Kerala, you will understand that the term ‘accessorise’ takes a different dimension in some Indian weddings. The Indian necklaces on these brides are often at the forefront of their looks, making the outfit look secondary, as exemplified by the picture below.
Thanks to the unfathomable age-old passion for jewellery, India boasts of a plethora of exquisite designs for necklaces, using a blend of intricate craftsmanship.
A necklace, which is basically neck adorning jewellery, is available in varying lengths. The necklaces can be classified into different categories depending on their size.
Collar necklace – This type of necklace wraps around the neck. These are more apt for western outfits than Indian ethnic wear.
Choker necklace – It rests on the collar bone and gives a regal look. It is a very common choice for the bridal trousseau in India. Most of the elaborate Indian necklaces with stonework are created as chokers.
Princess necklace – This is also a very common type of necklace that falls below the collar bone and as the name suggests the necklace gives a princess feel. It is suitable for most of the attires, irrespective of Indian, western or fusion silhouettes.
Matinee necklace – It rests right above the cleavage and is usually paid with deep necked gowns.
Opera necklace – This kind of necklace rests over the breast bone and many Indian brides like to pair a choker with a long necklace like this.
Lariat necklace - These are really long necklaces and sometimes they can be worn with multiple loops, giving it a stranded necklace feel.
The traditional designs of fine Indian necklaces vary substantially from its western counterparts. However modern jewellery designers of India have added western influences to ancient Indian jewellery craftsmanship, to give birth to striking elegant fusion pieces. The younger generation seems to take fancy to such globally wearable jewellery.
A necklace is commonly called a Haar in Hindi and some of the traditional Indian necklaces have become inspirations for some unique, covetable modern jewellery. Below are some common types of Indian necklaces:
Rani Haar translates to the Queen’s necklace and it is generally a long necklace which extends down with strands of beaded or bejewelled attachments. The length and the spread of the necklace, gives it a regal look. It may be crafted with pearls or any precious or semi precious stones.
The picture below shows some contemporary versions of Indian necklaces inspired from the traditional concept of Rani Haar. You can check out our entire necklace collection here
This is an auspicious necklace made of nine precious and semi-precious gems. The nine gems are ruby, pearl, red coral, emerald, yellow sapphire, diamond, blue sapphire, hessonite and cat’s eye. It is believed that the gems in this traditional necklace have to be flawless to bestow their goodness on the wearer. It is popular with people who hold the traditional aspects of the necklace in high regard.
This necklace with carefully studded uncut diamonds and other precious stones on pure gold has an unmatched grandeur.
While the opulence of this necklace finds high demand in the Indian wedding market, contemporary kundan neckpieces are also popular due to their understated stunning effects.
These Indian necklaces may or may not exhibit accents of precious stones and pearls
Thushi Necklace - Thushi is a choker necklace with closely strung golden beads. It is a popular necklace for Maharashtrian women especially from the Kolhapur region.
Mangamalai – Exhibiting temple jewellery techniques this necklace has a repetitive mango pattern and is considered auspicious. It is also known as the mango mala (necklace).
Lakshmi Haar – This necklace can be identified with the distinguished use of gold coins with Goddess Lakshmi motifs in a pattern. This jewellery is displayed by Maharashtrian women as well as the women of Southern India.
There is no deficit in the varieties of extraordinary traditional Indian necklaces, but the allure of minimalism in Indian necklaces is increasing with time. The contemporary Indian necklaces enhance the sophistication and elegance of the modern day bridal and special occasion outfits. Apart from gold, Indian necklaces make extensive use of many precious and semi-precious stones, in traditional as well as modern style of jewellery
Diagold is a well known brand that creates some trendy designs for Indian necklaces incorporating high-quality diamonds and other gem stones with hallmarked gold. You can indulge in some of their scintillating contemporary Indian necklaces shown below here
The choker style necklaces studded with handcrafted diamonds and accented with other precious, semi-precious stones and pearls will not fail to emphasise the look with class. These timeless Indian necklaces define opulence with a refined sophistication.
The princess and matinee style necklaces with Diagold’s signature style and craftsmanship will definitely make you feel like a princess.
For occasions when you want to make a subtle impact, like that meeting you have been looking forward to or when the day is just right for a little embellishment, you can always opt for a classic pendant necklace like the ones below.
Yellow diamond, Tanzanite, garnet and brown diamond beautifully encased in white diamond accents have transformed into gorgeous pendants on white and yellow gold chains.
The following noticeable abstract and surprising motif pendants by Kanelle can add an edgy touch to any ensemble.
The fine Indian necklaces have dazzled the world for centuries. There are some legendary tales of exquisite royal necklaces like the ancient Darbangha Naulakha Haar and Patiala Haar, remnants of which can be found around the world today. With time the new appeal for modern minimalism has taken over the glory of Indian necklaces. However even today, the dazzle of Indian necklaces is interminable.
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