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Solah-Shringar and Indian Jewelry

Indian jewelry, like all other crafts of the nation, is inherently rooted in its spiritual depths. At one level, the ornamentation of the body is symbolic of an inner adorning which presupposes a certain amount of purity and cleanliness. Indian scriptures are clear in stating that a woman should always keep herself well adorned, it being necessary for the well-being of the whole house.

 

The grammar of ornament has always been well developed in India and there is a piece of jewel for nearly each part of the body. In total sixteen such ornaments have been delineated, starting from the head with the forehead ornament known as mang-tika and ending at the feet with the anklet and toe-ring. Collectively this group of jewellery is known as solah-shringar.


Auspiciousness of Jewellery


Traditionally, Indian jewelry has always consisted of motifs rich in symbolism. These include vegetative motifs taken from nature like banana buds or sensual champa flowers. These all are symbols of fertility. Other icons include the sun and moon and arrowheads etc, the latter acting as protective amulets. Indeed, the primary function of ancient Indian jewelry was essentially amuletic and even to this day, any piece of jewelry in India is believed to be endowed with the ‘power’ of the entity it symbolizes.

 

For example, an Indian ornament marked with the name of a particular god or goddess is said to be imbued with the protective power of that deity. Towards this end on this website you will find several pieces of jewelry made auspicious with the images of powerful gods like Lord Krishna, Shiva and Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, Durga etc.India is home to the best, most refined tradition of male jewelry in all the world. Unlike in some cultures, it is normal for men to wear jewelry in India. This means that there are a large number of options available to men looking to express themselves through the beautiful objects created by our master jewelers.


Functional aspects of Indian jewellery

 

Talk about how certain jewelry pieces help in treating ailments through acupressure. Also mention simple lighthearted facts like anklets given to young married girls so that they dont get lost. In India, it is normal and even expected for men to wear jewelry. In particular, gold is used to express the vitality and statues of males. And while many Indian men do not wear rings to show that they are married, they do often wear rings to express astrological symbols, religious beliefs, and simply to look good.

 

Precious Stones

 

The preferred material for Indian jewelry has always been gold and silver. Gemstones believed to have mystical properties too have been popular with India jewellers. Sanskrit literature is replete with references to both precious and semi precious stones including the vajra (diamond), manaka (ruby), market (emerald) and pravala (coral). 


Jewelry for Men

 

Men often wear rings according to ayurveda, using specific gems and precious metals to balance their spiritual and physical energy and bring about wellness. This is usually figured out by balancing between hot and cold. While gold is hot, silver is cold, and all the many gems have their own influence as well. This can be a great benefit to the wearer, giving him confidence in his ability to take on the world.

 

You can enjoy the height of male fashion with our jewelry selection for men.

 

Here you can buy online from the internet’s largest collection of Indian jewelry. Covered here are the entire range of ornaments – anklets, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings.