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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 that 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 every 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 jewelry 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 jewelry

Indian jewelry does not just give you a mesmerizing look but is also beneficial to our health. For instance, certain pieces of jewelry worn in particular regions of our body stimulate the acupressure points. This also helps in the activation of blood circulation. For example, wearing a ring in the ring finger activates a blood vessel that connects to the heart. It is also believed that toe rings help in soothing period cramps for females. Similarly, Mathapatti worn on the forehead, Nath worn on the left nostril, etc. also helps in calming your mind and maintaining energy flow in your body.

Jewelry can also function in other utilitarian ways, in the form of a clothing fastener, clasp, pin, or buckle. The fibula-style pin has been in use throughout ancient cultures and works as a safety pin. In particular, much of the jewelry for men serves a utilitarian function.

In India, it is normal and even expected for men to wear jewelry. Gold is used to express the vitality and status of males. You can also find them wearing neckties, cufflinks, or an overcoat brooch which is deemed to be useful than decorative. 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.

The most contemporary and amusing usage of jewelry is an ingenious pendant that also functions as a refillable sanitizer and fragrance pod.

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 Indian jewelers. 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 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.