The history of silver goes back to thousands of years. A metal that suggests esteem, opulence and status. This soft lustrous metal has been used by humans for long. Silver often occurs as a free element in nature. And has been mined since olden days. According to RSC, the first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 B.C., in Turkey and Greece. Pre-Inca civilizations were found to have mined silver even as early as AD 60–120.
Being a symbol of status and power, silver has facilitated individuals define themselves and their place in society for centuries. Silver has been one of the most popular precious metals to be used in fashion jewellery globally. Indian artisan jewellery industry is perhaps the world’s richest as it uncovers an amazing spectrum of creativity and craftsmanship keeping the global women in mind. In India, silver jewellery is a part and parcel of the people’s tradition and religious customs. Each piece of jewellery is mostly hand-crafted by traditional and highly-skilled artisans and showcases the rich Indian heritage.
Silver Jewellery has always been more than just ornaments for adorning their bodies. Ornaments such as Bangles, Necklace or Chains, Anklets, Bracelets, Earrings, Toe ring, Waistbands, Nose pins, Amulets and Rakhadi (jewel over forehead) form an integral part of Indian jewellery and also have significance, bridging the culture and tradition since recorded history.
Indian jewellery designs speak fashion but also carry ahead the rich heritage. The history, the culture and the everyday-changing fashion blend in to craft some of the finest ornaments one can ever think of.
Here is just a glimpse of a few silver ornaments available in today’s silver jewellery market:
- Bangles (Kangan)- Women wear bangles in hands to enhance their feminine grace and beauty. It has been a tradition in India since ancient times. Bangles and bracelets of different types were worn in the north such as the bangdi, churi, naugari, pahunchi, kangan, gaira, bartana, patri, dastband and kada. Today, there are lot of designs and patterns available apart from the regular bangles like the Kada (bold bangles) and bracelets.
- Toe rings (Bichiya)- Wearing toe rings is a symbol of married women in India. Toe rings are worn on the second toe by women has now become a fashion statement too. Toe rings will soon be introduced on Gauri Arts.
- Ring- The most common ornament worn by both men and women. A sign of the marriage, vowed between two souls to live together.
- Ear Rings- There are variety of ear rings in market today. For example, studs, jhumkas (hanging bells ), drops etc. Piercing the ears for both men and women at a very young age has been in Indian custom since centuries.
- Nose Rings or Pins (Nath)- This ornament worn in nose is a part of Indian tradition for long. Nose rings or ornaments have been of different types. There are the single stone and the clove-shaped Laung worn on one side of the nose, the jewel worn through the cartilage in the centre of the nose, the Bulak, and Naths of various shapes and designs. Nose rings will be soon available on Gauri Arts.
- Necklace or Chains- The most noticeable ornament worn by almost all women. Necklaces or Chains are often paired with matching ear rings to enrich the beauty of a lady. Traditional necklaces will be available soon on Gauri Arts.
- Aknklets (Payal)- This is one of the favourite ornament of every woman. It is the melodious sound made by anklets that draws the attention of people around. Anklets are available in both traditional and contemporary designs in the market. A wide variety of anklets were worn in the different parts of India. The payal, gajra, sankla, chanjar, zanjiri, golusu and kaappu are some examples.
- Tika: (Rakhadi: Jewel over forehead) - An ornament worn on the head such that the hanging pendant places itself over the forehead. Typically worn during wedding, this is one of the most beautiful piece of jewellery which compliments the ethnic touch to Indian traditions and culture.
Having discussed about few of the silver jewellery, it is important to be aware about the care for your jewellery. The best way to keep your silver jewellery clean is by wearing it often. Always remember to avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals or when swimming, as chemicals can damage silver.
Silver remains a very precious, adored and pretty metal to this day. It is the glamorous and elegant look that still attracts millions of people to this precious metal. It is our passion to delight customers with the Silver jewellery which have inspired us. Gauri Arts takes pleasure to showcase the designs from the best artisans to provide you an authentic and radiant Indian traditional Silver jewellery collection.