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Jewellery Must Haves For Your Trousseau

By Asra Shaheen

A thing of beauty is a joy forever! Each piece of ornament in the jewellery box of your trousseau is a treasure trove that stays with you forever. So let your bundle of joy have all the prized possessions that’ll bring a glitt ering appeal to your shringaar.


Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

This traditional rhyme seems to symbolise what goes into the jewellery box of a trousseau. As a bride-to-be carries the age old legacy of her family in the heirloom adornments bequeathed to her, she also wraps along some dazzling dreams in her new, branded solitaire set she’s bought from her first salary! Such is the significance of jewellery to Indian weddings, most rituals of the nuptial bond are bound by ornaments. From head to toe, the Indian bride is embellished in jewellery that symbolizes the purity and sacrament of marital bliss. And above all, this is perhaps the only day in her life when the bride enjoys being decked in full glory for she is all set to be the cynosure of all eyes!
So what makes for the perfect bridal jewellery wishlist? Let’s take a look at these enduring jewellery pieces, their significance, beauty and wow factor.

The Marvel in Your Maang
The maang ka tika or the forehead dangler, which prominently features in Bengali, Marwari, Gujarati and Punjabi marriages, completes the sacrament of the sindoor mark. The usual flat maang tika acquires a round shape in Rajasthani tradition and is referred to as borla. Filigree designs, diamond cuts or coloured stones in gold, the choice is yours. Some tikas come with side strands called shringaarpattis.
Parting in centre is common to most Indian hair styles, and the tika suits these kinds of hairdos the best. Graceful and elegant to look at, the tika goes very well with ethnic wear on any occasion.
Women can never have enough of ear danglers, can we? One likes to keep different pairs of danglers exclusively for different attires. Ear danglers in plain gold or kundan (with gemstones) are ideal not only for bridal wear but also for any occasion wear. Kanautis or suspenders lend support to the heavy earrings and ease the weight of the earrings from the ears.
It would do well to have a good number of danglers in your trousseau. If it’s a South Indian wedding, the preference for pure, sold yellow metal is no secret. But the new-age brides must not shy away from roping in earrings in beads, precious and semi precious stones, diamonds and polki in their collection. These bring in more variety and wearability to your style quotient.

Sensuous Nose-Pins
While all the bridal adornments enhance the beauty of a dulhan, a nose-pin or a ring in particular brings a distinctive touch of sensuality to her appearance. Nath or a nose-pin is vital to Marwari and Muslim weddings in different regions. Just like the side strands of tika, nath ki lad lends support to the nath.In fact, if there’s any piece of jewellery that gives an instant recognition to a bride, it’s the nath with lad. One can tell apart a bride from a lineup of stunningly dressed women with the nath in her nose.
So spend some good time in selecting a design that goes well with the shape of your nose and face.

For that Craning of the Neck
An elegant piece of gottu pusalu, which is a skillful make of beads, pearls, kundan and gold; temple lockets and antique pendants are the heartthrobs of Andhra brides. In fact, if you are lucky enough to possess some precious temple jewellery, it is going to be a treasure to cherish forever. In the North Indian weddings, you have the raanihaar, guliband and chokers. These are tight fitting adornments worn close to the neck. The nalla pusulu worn by South Indian brides are finely crafted loose necklaces, whereas the sitahaar/ranihaar are fairly heavy pieces. When choosing the designand style of a necklace for D-day, pay heed to the neckline of the choli/blouses/kurta you will be wearing.
And of course, it’s needless to say that once the marriage is sanctified with the mangalsutra or the thali, which is gifted by the groom to the bride, this precious ornament goes on to become quintessential to your daily shringaar.

Mere haathon mein…
A haathphool or a flower for hands covering the back of palm (the fingers), and the wrist is a favourite with North Indian brides. The chuda is a mix of red and white ivory (or lac or acrylic) bangles worn by Punjabi brides for upto six months after their wedding. The bride receives the chuda from her mama (mother’s brother) at the chuda chadana ceremony, when she is blessed by the elders of her family for the auspicious beginning in her life. The tinkling bells of kaleeras of the chuda are considered as blessings for her new life and also to remind her of her old friends. Red and green glass bangles are worn by Marwari brides for 45 days right from the day after wedding. Made of conch shells are the white and red bangles of the traditional sankha and pola, a must for the Bengali brides.
Choose your chudis or glass bangles according to the neckpiece of the outfit. Kadas in gold and the famous lac bangles of Hyderabad and Rajasthan have become a style statement even amongst brides of other states! Baajuband or decorative armlets in gold are common in weddings across India, and particularly in South.

Other Adornments for Shringaar
Vaddanam in Telugu, biche in Bengali or kamar patta in Hindi is a band worn on the waist. The waist bands are a must in most South Indian weddings. For the North Indian bride, it could be optional depending on her wedding attire. Toe ring or bichiya in silver is another symbol of the marital status of an Indian woman. These tiny adornments lend an elegant appeal to the henna-applied feet. So do the silver anklets.
Each of these ornaments adds its own glitter to what has come to be known as solah shringaar of an Indian bride. So glow in the glory of this marital bliss.

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Jyoti Singh [ 28 Jan 2013 ]
Please tell me the rental charges for this bridal jewellery. I require this set on 14th feb'
013. We are based in Kukatpally, hyderabad. So please let me know the charges for rent basis.