Accessorising is one of the best things about dressing up or styling an outfit. Naturally, buying and sourcing beautiful pieces of jewellery is something that people love doing. Especially if you are someone who loves to go all out and own some of the best looking pieces. All of us have different styles and taste in design. We might like flaunting dazzling pieces of jewellery while you might opt for a much sober, matte finish. It’s alright! There is a right piece of jewellery design out there for each and every one of us. While many might be keen on collecting jewellery of a certain type or design, there are a lot more types that many don’t know about.
Tips to Find the Perfect Jewellery Design for You!
- Do some background research. Go on Pinterest and find jewellery inspiration pictures. When you are looking at so many different designs, you will start liking one more than the rest. This will help you in knowing the kind of jewellery you are inclined towards.
- Go window shopping to jewellery stores! You will get to see and try on a lot of different types of jewellery. You can see which kind of jewellery meets your requirements and looks good on you. You will also know if you like warm toned jewellery like gold or cool toned ones like silver and platinum.
- If you are very particular about a type of jewellery design, request your jewellery maker to custom-make one for you. This way you can sketch out your design and explain what it is exactly that you’re looking for!
There are different types of jewellery designs that are unique and will be the perfect addition to your collection. India being the land of varied cultures also reflects in the kinds of jewellery made here. Each of them have a significance of their own and are timeless pieces. We have some that we have loved time and again. That’s why we are going to be sharing this with you!
The art of meenakari is to colour the surface of a metal (in this case a precious metal) with different enamel. This type of jewellery is widely designed and practiced in Iran, Pakistan and India. All the intricate detailing on a piece of jewellery are highlighted with these vibrant enamels. If you notice, you’ll remember that meenakari is popular in jewellery designs that are worn double sided. This type of jewellery design is mainly made and celebrated in Rajasthan. You will often see a lot of north Indian brides flaunting beautiful and elaborate meenakari jewellery on their wedding days and special occasions.
Oxidised Jewellery is one of the most loved and widely used types of jewellery in India. If we are not wrong, you may also be owning some oxidised jewellery already. These are relatively inexpensive and are available easily. This type of jewellery is made with pure silver in combination with any other metal in an 80:20 ratio. Most of the oxidised jewellery designs are set with a combination of pearls. These work well with both Indian and western outfits, another reason to love them! One can never have too many of these, as they look good with different kinds of looks. Some popular oxidised jewellery options would be statement rings, earrings and elaborate necklaces.
You would have seen a lot of people opting for kundan jewellery for many special occasions. Kundan Jewellery has become a crowd favourite in recent times. This type of jewellery is also prevalent in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Precious stones and gems are set in the frame of a precious metal outing, this is known as kundan jewellery. Most kundan jewellery insides are filled with lac and very less of solid precious metal. You can see a variety of stones like topaz, garnet, amethyst and so set in metal for kundan jewellery. There are many design varieties available, ranging from chokers, rings, haath phool, maangtika, earrings and matha patti among others.
Lac bangles are one of the most popular Lacquer jewellery designs in India (1). You will find a variety of these on the streets of Rajasthan. Lac is a resin that is available as coins. This is then melted and formed into a dough which is further shaped using tools and techniques to form different types of designs. This process is time taking and needs to be done with precision. Local artisans are trained to do this and it’s an art that they pass on to further generations. After shaping lac, the colourful stones, precious gems and other stones are stuck to beautify it. You will even find coloured glass pieces being used for decorating these delicate Lacquer jewellery pieces. So the next time you are in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Udaipur don’t forget to shop for some lac jewellery!
Jadau jewellery was popularized in India by the Mughals, in fact they were the ones to introduce these. In Jadau Jewellery, precious stones and gems are embedded in a base precious metal. You will find these in a combination with pearls, precious stones and in a variety of precious metals. This is delicate work and requires a lot of precision. The designs are unique and traditional, so these can be paired well with ethnic wear outfits.
We have now updated you with some of the interesting jewellery designs out there. There is a lot to jewellery designing than just the aesthetics. If you are interested to know more about jewellery designing, then sign up for the Hamstech jewellery design course. This program is perfect for beginners and jewellery design enthusiasts alike. You will learn how to create beautiful pieces of jewellery and learn about all the techniques involved.
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