Indian Jewellery is not the same as it used to be some thousand years back. Over years,it has evolved as an art and is no more a mere craft. Jewels have appealed to the senses of all: rich, poor, men, women, and children and interestingly in India all have managed to wear them. Jewels have become an inseparable part of Indian tradition. These are worn on every occasions: parties, festivals, marriages.
From the earlier times, Indians have dealt in gems and jewellery. The rich tradition of jewellery has been preserved and carried forward till today. Today, Indian Jewellery has taken the international market by storm. The different items that are available are necklaces, ear-rings, pendulums, bangles, bracelets, etc. All these items are intricately designed and carry a grace that is irresistible.
Temple Jewellery : Temple jewellery is characterized by some of the finest handwork, painfully crafted by skilled craftsmen and jewelers. Classical and traditional in its appearance, temple jewellery is commonly associated with dancers practicing the dance form of Bharatanatyam or Kuchipudi.
Antique Jewellery : It is actually the modern day jewellery in gold or silver, which goes through a process of oxidizing and is sometimes buried in a pot of clay, to give it a dull and antique look. Antique Jewellery is not really antique as something that is antique, which is passed on from one generation to another.
Minakari Jewellery : Minakari or enamelling a unique combination of gems, enamel pigments and precious stones, was born as a result of Shah Jahan's aesthetic vision that transformed enamelling into a sophisticated art.
Imitation Jewellery : It is the cheapest of Jewellery. School and college girls mostly wear it. The color of gold or silver is coated on brass and other metals to give it a bright appearance.