When it comes to Pakistani or Indian weddings, jewellery is a definite splurge; but it isn’t just any other thing lying around in your closet. It is something that enhances a simple look, and also makes you look finely dressed at different occasions. Every wedding season, some new and exciting jewellery trends keep coming up to make sure that every bride-to-be looks nothing but spectacular on her wedding day. So, watching out for key looks and trends at the Sunsilk L’Oreal PFDC Fashion Show, Pakistan Fashion Week, India International Jewellery Week (IIJW), was then the only logical thing for us to do.This year’s Designers brought together the beautiful traditional and statement jewellery pieces on the ramp, which every bride-to-be would crave for.
Dressing up and looking the best on the the day takes top priority for any bride, and jewellery forms a vital part of it. We are all familiar with the traditional jewellery pieces. But, did you know a nose ring or nath is, traditionally, representative of a bride’s virginity? In fact, each piece of jewellery that a bride wears symbolises something traditionally or culturally. Given the cultural diversity, the list of different pieces worn religiously or regionally would be a long one.
If legend is to be believed, evil spirits could enter the body through its openings. Ornaments were said to prevent that. So, apart from their acupuncture benefits, earrings, for a new bride, were believed to work like a protector against evil.
The wedding ring, worn on the third finger of the left hand, is a priceless ornament. Ancient Romans believed that the vein in that finger runs directly to the heart.
Toe Ring are small, metal bands worn on the toes. They are a traditional symbol of marriage, particularly in Southern India, and are usually made of ornately decorated silver, and are worn in pairs on the second toe of each foot.
Payal or anklet is a traditional piece worn around the ankles, meant to announce arrival of the new bride in her husband’s house with its tinkling sound.
Bangles, Armlet and Imam Zamin
Traditionally, glass bangles represent a charm of safety and luck for a married woman’s husband. The colour and designs of bangles vary in different regions. In Bengal, the mother-in-law gifts her daughter-in-law an iron bangle which is usually plated with gold. In South India, green bangles signify fertility and prosperity. Another ornament worn traditionally by brides is the bazuband or armlet. A beautiful piece that was a must for kings and queens in the past, it signifies strength and ability- virtues that are vital for a bride.
A seductive ornament, kamarbandh or the waistband is a beautiful belt that adds grace to a bride. The ornament is designed in a manner that allows you to hold a bunch of keys, thus signifying the assumption of authority at the bride’s new home.
This gorgeous hair accessory is held by a hook at the centre parting of the hair, with the pendant falling on the centre of the forehead. The point where it falls is believed to be the ajna chakra, which in Sanskrit means “to know or perceive”. The chakra is represented by two petals signifying the holy union of male and female on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.
Wearing a Nath or nose ring is an age-old custom. Nose piercing is said to have acupuncture benefits. Ayurveda claims that women who have their nose pierced on the left side experience less menstrual pain and easier childbirth. It eventually went on to represent a bride’s virginity, where it is believed that a woman is no longer a virgin once her groom takes off her nath on the wedding night. In some states the size of the nath also represents the financial power of her in-laws.
Necklacs or Haar are neckpieces that a bride wears on her wedding day. These neckpieces are usually made of gold with heavy and intricate design on them. One of the neckpieces is a mangalsutra, which the groom will put around her neck during the marriage ceremony. The wife, thereafter, wears it as long as she or her husband is alive as a sign of their love and commitment to one another.