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by Leslie McLane, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Break out into vibrant color spectrums teeming with the beautiful, cultural influences of Indian weddings.

Jewelry is a topic every bride considers when preparing for her big day. In most cultures, jewelry plays a quintessential role. In Indian weddings, each piece holds special meaning to the bride, the family or her husband. As modern culture and traditions continue to mesh, certain aspects disappear while others hold firm. Traditional jewelry sets often consist of 16 jewelry types, but brides often pick and choose their favorites. These gorgeous adornments found in Indian culture have intrigued Western designers, and Indian-inspired jewelry is a popular choice for any bride.

Common Jewelry Types ...

Tikka
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry A jewelry adornment consisting of chain with a hook at one end and a pendant at the other. The hook holds the piece in the bride's hair while the chain is placed in her part. The pendant falls on the center of the bride's forehead (where the chakra is). Eye-catching head pieces are always a beautiful addition and can match the veil in embellishment or color.
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry

Earrings
Big, bold, and heavily embellished chandelier earrings are a must for the Indian-inspired wedding set. According to traditional legend, evil spirits are capable of entering our body through its many openings. By adorning your ears, you were protected from these evil spirits both mentally and physically. Ear cuffs are not uncommon as well.
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry

Necklaces
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry And not just one. Large collar necklaces often reach down to the heart, believing to attract or strengthen emotions such as love. This elaborate jewelry is also worn to attract good luck and avert the evil eye. Popular styles include close to the collar necklaces paired with matching longer pendant versions or a strand close to the throat as the base with large bib-style piece of embroidery connected.
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Bangle Bracelets
These are often considered marks of a married woman and contain romantic symbolism. Bangle bracelets are often gifted and worn in sets. Made from circlets of metal, bands of gemstones and any number of materials--if they're beautiful, brightly colored and highly decorated, they're perfect. And, these aren't just found on wrists. Up the forearm and up so far as above the bicep, bracelets are a must. Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry

Hand and Ankle Bracelets
Also called hand flowers, slave bracelets, cufflets and more, these graceful adornments for hands and feet wrap around wrists and extend to the fingers or start around the ankle and reach to the toes. For more information about these adornments, take a look at the ''Trend Flash: Hand Bracelets'' article. Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry
Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry

Rings
Multiple finger and toe rings adorn the bride during wedding ceremonies. These can be simple bands or decorated with gemstones and other embellishment. Toes and fingers are elaborately decorated for stylish splendor from top to bottom.
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Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry

Nath
The nath is said to be a seductive piece of jewelry since the wedding is the only occasion it will be worn. This decoration is an embellished hoop for the nose, and often attached to another piece of jewelry with a graceful chain or beaded links.

Cultural Inspiration: Indian-Inspired Wedding Jewelry Other Aspects to Consider ...

Popular shapes: crescents, round go-go, filigree pendants, teardrop, fan, circular florals, dangling briolettes

Color schemes: precious metals (lots of gold), rich gem hues (specific colors are often influenced by region, but ruby, emerald and blue sapphire are common hues), natural-colored pearl

Materials and textures: Seed bead embroidery, clear or colorful crystal set in precious metal, glass rhinestones, pearl strands
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