The history of Indian jewellery spans the past 5000 years. Among Indian women, jewellery is regarded as a sign of wealth and security.

The history of Indian jewellery spans the past 5000 years. Among Indian women, jewellery is regarded as a sign of wealth and security. The amount of jewellery an Indian woman can have in her collection is exhaustive, items span from traditional earrings and necklaces worn all over the world to adornments worn in the hair, on the hips and on the feet.

The construction of the pieces is intricate, with many stones adorning the often gold and silver structures. Rubies, emeralds, pearls, diamonds and sapphires are among the many precious and semi-precious stones used throughoutIndia in jewellery making.

The designs are usually influenced by nature, however in some regions the style of Meenakari and Kundan jewellery is influenced by the Mughal dynasty. Jewellery-makers from the state of Manipuri utilise objects such as animal teeth, claws and shells; whereas Assamese jewellery is inspired by flora and fauna in the local area.

Reasons for wearing jewellery are for the most part religious, however some women also wear it for aesthetic value. Its craftsmanship is intended for Gods, elephants, horses and humans alike; rajas (male monarch) and maharajas (high kings) in ancient times competed with each other to acquire the most beautiful and outstanding jewellery pieces.

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