In the art of jewel making, India managed to remain consistent and innovative to the point that it is closely connected to religion and way of life. Silver bangles refer to strength, while gold bangles mean fortune. Jewellery earlier was made from almost any material, gemstones, gold, silver, copper, beads, shells, or birthstones. These materials are today added to the platinum and sterling silver jewellery. The rapidly changing fashion has led to jewellery made from cheap materials like plastic, wood, acrylic, stainless steel, wood, etc. Apart from being a symbol of prestige, jewellery has always been an important part of human culture.
Indian jewellery is unique in its craftsmanship. There are traditional jewellery made for Indian dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, etc. Bridal jewellery consists of bracelets, chokers, and chains. The maangtikka and mangalsutra form an essential part of bridal jewellery and signifies the Holy union of man and woman. , The sheer number of items that form the jewellery of an Indian woman is endless, ranging from earrings and necklaces to bangles, anklets, rings, nose rings, choker and chains. Jewellery made with precious stones and semi-precious stones has been in practice for years. Jewellery is made for Gods and ceremonial elephants too, and not only for humans.
Different things inspire the various states in jewellery making; Tamil Nadu and Kerala are inspired by nature in the making of their gold jewellery, the Meenakari and Kundan styles of jewellery was influenced by the Mughal dynasty. Silver beads are found in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, and they led to the development of the bead jewellery, which is popular till date. Assamese jewellery is influenced by local flora and fauna, while animal claws, teeth, shells, and precious and semi-precious stones are used in Manipuri jewellery. Fusion jewellery is in vogue now where it combines Indian and western designs to light up the ramps of several popular fashion walks.