The legacy of the Indian jewelry is more than 5,000 years old, and it depicts the country’s aesthetics and cultural history.
Few jewelry pieces have survived from different periods and also different parts of the country, references of which is available in various literature, myths, texts on gemology, legends and various chronicles that provide the evidence of tradition which is unparallel in the world.
Story begins from the period which is more than two thousand years ago, India was known as the sole distributor and supplier of various gemstones in the world.
For Indian women, a pearl jewelry set or any other jewelry was considered as the economic and social security as its value will always appreciate.
During Indus valley civilization India used to manufacture and export following semi-precious gemstones:
The craftsmanship skills of Indian jewelers can still be seen even today when they make detailed micro-granulations on certain pendants or in large earrings.
Temples of India
You can find intricate pieces of jewelry which are crafted for various idols placed in the temples all over the India.
In the temple jewelry, you can find various figures of different gods and goddesses who are wearing many different kinds of jewelries.
During the Mughal period, Indian jewelry further progressed and many different kinds of jewelry evolved. Nine types of different precious stones were used which used to symbolize 9 different gods.
Taj Mahal Emerald
Taj Mahal Emerald, which is one most treasured jewel available in the Indian history, exquisite hexagonal emerald that was intricately carved along with stylized flowers which mirror the Taj Mahal décor.
Diamond necklace gifted by Nizam
When Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip then Nizam of Hyderabad gifted her diamond necklace which is a stunning piece of jewelry made by Indian jewelry craftsman.
Tutti Frutti style
India was being ruled by many rulers from different countries of the world and due to their influence, one ca witness a lot of cross-cultural influence.
Cartier’s famous “tutti-frutti” style was based on floral motifs of the South Indian jewelry, and is complete with emeralds, sapphires and rubies.