South India's pride, art and creativity in the form of Temple Jewellery is unhidden from the world and there's no doubt that the richest of the rich naturally are drawn towards investing in Temple Jewellery because the look of it is plainly overwhelming! Temple Jewellery can be easily identified because of its distinct design. The forms of Gods and Goddesses are emulated in the designs of Temple Jewellery with traditionally keeping gold as the only metal. However, changing times bring about new additions, with silver, copper, bronze and various other metals also being used to create Temple Jewellery. Precious and semiprecious stones have always been the first choice of designers and jewellers while creating this lineage of jewellery. Temple Jewellery rather holds emotional value for its adorners since, on every important occasion such as weddings, childbirth or special days, it becomes the foremost choice.
Magnificent Temple Jewellery is the perfect example of South India's Thanjavur temple, resembling the heavily embellished pillars and sculptures. In the 9th century, the Chola Dynasty initiated the birth and rise of Temple Jewellery. Some of the popular patterns of Temple Jewellery come in Lotus and Peacock shapes. Goddess Laxmi & God Ganesh's forms are the most requested of all! Madurai temple is said to own some typically exclusive pieces of Temple Jewellery where some crowns are decorated with expensive Navratna or nine gemstones. Till date, the populace of South India religiously gives gold as an offering in various temples, therefore, it all connects to the fact that investing in Gold Temple Jewellery remains undeniably the most popular tradition across entire Southern India.
Despite many foreign influences, goldsmiths have been successful in retaining the originality of Temple Jewellery by maintaining the ways it is created in and the designs mostly used for selling. It is interesting to know that majority of the Temple Jewellery is created in Tamil Nadu's city, Nagercoil. Some of the decorated motifs in Temple Jewellery are named Tamarappu or the lotus flower, Kokku or the crane, Makara or the crocodile, and many more!
The traditional type is the kind of Temple Jewellery women wear on special events since these are heavy and layered to the Gods to give them an extremely heavy look. The occasional or common type of Temple Jewellery is worn on a regular basis or during dance performances by the dancers who wear anklets, armlets, waistbands, hair accessories, earrings, etc. This is why Temple Jewellery is also known as Dance Jewellery.
Necklaces, Chokers and Chains
Pretty much inspired by the incarnation of wealth, Goddes Laxmi, women like to adorn their necks with beautiful necklaces, chokers or even simple chains that are a part of Temple Jewellery. Heavy designs are embellished with all the precious gemstones to give it a royal, angelic look.
Bangles & Bracelets
A must-have for any newly-married woman's trousseau is either the bangles or the bracelets or even both. Under the category of Temple Jewellery, these specific bangles and bracelets are designed with a very chunky look so it is visible easily for that exclusive done-up feel.
Different types of Temple rings, earrings, nose rings and toe rings are widely available in a myriad of designs. Toe rings are mostly made with silver however for that extraness, some do wear gold toe rings as well.
Armlets, Anklets, Waistbands & Hair Accessories
No South Indian bridal look is complete without these essentials, like armlets, anklets, waistbands, and ginormous hair accessories. Armlet is a string tied around the arms of a bride, three or four-layered anklets are worn too and single or multi-layered hair accessories are also a must for any woman tying the knot! Beautiful waistband, much like a belt is worn, over and around a saree which not only looks divine but also keeps the saree intact in its place.