Are you looking for some stunning jewelry pieces to add to your collection.
Or wondering what to wear with that gorgeous Kanjeevaram sari.
Or you are just plain bored with your everyday look.
This article is about some South Indian jewelry that needs your attention right now.
and hopefully answer some questions.
Indian jewelry is varied in styles and designs, influenced and shaped by the different regions and rulers. Regions have styles that are unique to them like Kundan, Jadua, Meenakari is specific to north Indian states and temple jewelry is specific to south India. It can be a task choosing from among so much existing.
Yet, we have zeroed down on just three styles from south India that you need to know and add to your collection right now.
Dressing up and accessorizing cannot get easier than this so, here is the list.
The first on our list is Nakashi or Temple jewelry. These are extremely traditional pieces and usually have Indian goddesses and gods engraved on metal and encrusted with precious and semi-precious stones.
Whilst there are many designs the ones with Goddess Laxmi sitting on a lotus and figures of lord Ganesha and Krishna are popular. Rudraksha metal beads strung together to form a chain are also popular.
Ways to wear them
Collar and choker necklaces are quite dramatic and can make a strong style statement. You can wear them for a contemporary look like Kareena Kapoor in the picture. Find some choker and shorter styles here
Chunky Pendants on different necklace lengths are extremely complementary. They go very well with sarees and traditional clothing. Find some long haram/necklaces styles here
Some facts to get to know your jewelry well
- Temple Jewelry is also called Nakashi jewelry as the method is that of engraving or etching.
- It is specific to Tamil Nadu and is majorly produced in Nagarcoil.
- This jewelry date back to the 9th century when it flourished under the reign of the Cholas. It was used for adorning the idols of Gods and Goddesses, thus the name and design inspiration.
- Today it is most often part of the wedding jewelry and costumes of classical dancers.
Mango Mala / Manga Malai
Next on our list is Mango Mala/Necklace.
This is part of the traditional South Indian jewelry. Rows of mango shapes are strung together to form this necklace.
Mango motifs are popular designs and are sometimes used in combination with other designs. You will find them on traditional saree border and temple architecture. This motif is also a regular on Kanjeevaram sarees. From delicate mango shapes on the border, to mango butta/design on the saree body, you’ll find them aplenty.
Ways to wear this Necklace
Small and delicate mango shapes strung together to form a long necklace looks beautiful. Find some long necklace styles here.
Mangoes ripe and golden are our favorite to eat and also to wear. Plain golden mango necklace look stunning yet it can look equally enticing with studded stones. Find both styles here.
Coin necklace/Kasu Mala
The last on our list is the Coin Necklace.
This traditional jewelry style is designed with coins and is one of the most admired and recognized jewelry of south India
Right from necklaces to bangles, earring, anklets you’ll find a wide variety. Coin motifs are also often used on silk sarees.
Coin jewelry is extensively used in temple jewelry and coins often have traditional temple designs embossed on them.
Ways to wear this Necklace
We like them the best as rope length necklaces. Find some long necklace styles here.
The richness of a plain golden coin necklace is unbeatable. It is simple yet striking and combines best with traditional clothing. Get them here