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21 Aug 2018

Rajasthani Jewellery: The Grandeur Of Rajputana Gold Jewellery

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Rajasthani Jewellery

The Rajput dynasties ruled between the 7th and 19th centuries and brought with them skilled craftsmen who introduced some exceptional gold jewellery designs. Originating from Rajasthan, Rajputana gold jewellery is one of the most exquisite styles of jewellery in India. The Rajputana style of jewellery is a reflection of its royal heritage and rich culture and remains an integral part of Rajasthani culture even today.

Some of the popular Rajputana gold jewellery designs include:

Hathphool: Rajasthani gold ring

Also known as panchangala, meaning ’jewel for fingers’, the haathphool consists of a gold ring with a huge flower piece (made of jadau or meenakari) that beautifies the back of the palm and connects to a bracelet that gracefully envelops the wrist. This is a great addition to your look for a semi-formal event such as a family get together or a celebration with your colleagues.

Rajputi Hathphool Design

Aad: Rajasthani gold choker necklace

A traditional rectangular or square-shaped choker, aad is also known as the Rajputana necklace. The choker is made of kundan (gem stone jewellery) and comes with two strings that can be used to tie the necklace at the back of the neck. Aad is important in Rajasthani weddings as it is given by the bridegroom’s family to the bride. Today, the aad is also available in contemporary designs and worn by modern brides.

Rajasthani Aad Design gold
Rajasthani Jewellery Aad Designs

Bajuband: Rajput bridal jewellery

An armlet worn by Rajasthani brides, bajuband (also known as angada) is designed with meenakari work. Originally worn by men, bajubands later became popular among women. Crocodiles and snakes were the most common designs for it in the Rajputana era, but now they are available in modern styles as well.

Rajputi Bajuband Designs
Bajuband Rajputi

Tagdi or kardhani: Gold belly chain from Rajasthan

A waist chain or a belly chain, the tagdi is usually made of gold and sometimes kundan.

Gold Kamarband Designs
Kamarpatta Gold

Gold Rajputi jewellery rakhdi or borla

Most often found in a bell-like or spherical shape, borla is typically a maang tikka made of gold and some kundan work.

Maang Tikka Rajasthani Jewellery
Matha Patti Gold Designs

Rajputi gold nath:

A circular gold nose ring, the nath is usually worn on the left nostril. It connects to the left ear via a gold chain. From tiny circular patterns to abstract heavy-worked kundan, the nath comes in different forms and is worn by most north Indian brides.

Rajputi Jewellery Nath
Rajputi Gold Nath
Bridal Nath Design In Gold

Kaanbali or jhaale

Rajasthani gold jhumkas or earrings are quite popular in northern India. Kundan or meenakari work and antique designs make them special and unique.

Gold Rajputi Earrings
New Rajputi Earrings Design

Even today, Rajputana jewellery features some beautiful designs that are a valuable addition to jewellery boxes in India and abroad.

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