Temple jewellery has always been an integral part of most South Indian bride’s wedding attire, not just because of the grandeur and grace it lends the outfit, but because of the religious and historic symbolism, it holds.
Temple jewellery first started out adorning idols of Gods and Goddesses, and later the treasure chests of royals and the wealthy. Today, it holds a special place in many hearts for being the single jewellery type that gives people the freedom to delve into a variety of designs, sizes, metals, and stones.
When we first started looking at these beautiful pieces of South Indian culture, we were mesmerized, and immediately decided to bring to you our take on the best temple jewellery designs you need to see!
The GUTTAPUSALU necklace is a well-known traditional temple Jewellery design that shows strong connections to coastal areas, You can easily see how the beads relate to small fish and pearls. This design finds its origins in the ancient pearl fisheries along the Coromandel coast.
You can find beautiful pieces of GUTTAPUSALU in a number of designs and lengths, made primarily with gold and embedded with precious stones including Rubies and emeralds.
Although rare, you may even find the occasional piece made with silver and copper, which would cost significantly less. The GUTTAPUSALU necklace makes a beautiful addition to any jewellery collection and immediately make every traditional outfit more glamorous and royal.
Jhumkas are a typical part of almost any accessory and jewellery collection, which might lead you to question what really sets these temple jewellery jhumkas apart from your average jhumkas.
Although hard to explain, the basic difference is that you will find more god or goddess embossings, and more fine detailing and traditional styles when you begin to look closely at temple jewellery.
The fine combination of metal and precious stones, all coming together perfectly is what gives them their value. Even temple jewellery jhumkas come in a huge variety of styles, and you’ll find yourself struggling to pick out only a single pair.
Be it beautiful pearl jhumkas to go with traditional whites or ivories, the kemp designs that we have come to associate with Bharatanatyam dancers, jhumkas embossed with images of goddesses for a more royal effect, or jhumkas embedded with countless little precious stones, there is always something to satisfy every taste.
Coin jewellery is a well-recognized and often coveted style of jewellery that most South Indian women are familiar with, simply because of the relations, it holds to the ‘kasumalai’, an heirloom-style piece that is seen as a symbol of prosperity and wealth.
You will find derivations of this design primarily in earrings, necklaces, and cummerbunds. Fine coin jewellery is usually found in gold, although you can pick up pieces in other metals with a little more effort, for a far cheaper price. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice even with these pieces since there are so many different styles, designs, and varying levels of intricacy to choose from.
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Peacock motifs are a recurring theme in a lot of temple jewellery, especially because of the connections these majestic birds hold to folklore and mythological tales. You’ll find peacocks in a variety of temple jewellery designs, ranging from simple gold studs to these more elaborate earrings, to pendants, bracelets, rings, and anklets. Gold is almost always constant.
You will find yourself struggling to draw your eyes away from these beautifully intricate pieces, often embedded with precious stones.
Engravings of gods and goddesses are a common occurrence in temple jewellery pieces and hold a lot of cultural and religious significance.
Even if you aren’t interested in the history that these designs hold, you will find yourself mesmerized by the intricate carving and engraving work that goes into making each unique piece of jewellery.
One of the most common is the image of Goddess Laxmi that can be found on coins, necklaces, or earrings. If you don’t own such pieces already, you will definitely be drawn in by the symmetrical perfection that each engraving can boast of.
With this, we come to the end of our list of temple jewellery designs that we found the most interesting. Besides, there are a number of other patterns that are equally beautiful, and that can each tell their own historically rich tales.
Understanding and appreciating temple jewellery can often go well beyond simply owning gold pieces and marveling at their aesthetic value. We hope this article has helped you take your first steps into this beautiful, intricate worlds!
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