Maharashtrian Jewellery: Everything You Need To Know

  • With an enriched cultural diversity India has been historically inclined to art and artefacts. For instance jewellery in India thus has had a unique journey for the mixed cultural transactions with different groups of invaders, rulers, and indigenous communities.

    Traditionally gold is the most used and highly acknowledged metal for Indian jewellery. From festivals to wedding ceremonies, from group gatherings to personal presentations – Indians have a taste for ornamentation. And the mixed and dynamic culture has a unique style of representation.

    Every province has its way of expression in terms of style, fashion, and tradition. Maharashtrian jewellery is not an exception at representing its style of fashion imbibed with its tradition. Anyone with having a fancy for traditional and authentic style jewellery or for sake of interest to know more about Maharashtra and Marathi culture must have a look over the jewellery that speaks a lot about the elegance and art of the community.

    Elements of Maharashtrian Jewellery
    Gold has been acknowledged by Indians and also by global citizens as the most valued and highly-priced metal in time and again. Thus, in most Indian jewellery, gold is a must thing as the basic material of jewellery.

    “Pearls are always appropriate” – Jackie Kennedy

    Pearls are then the next element to accessorise any jewellery design in India.

    Ruby, emerald, and diamond are then the most valued stones used in the making of Maharashtrian jewellery.

    Types of Maharashtrian Jewellery

    • Nath or nose ornament is highly appreciated and widely wore by Marathi women in festivals or other ceremonies. It is a must at the wedding ceremony. Made with gold, with a variety of designs Nath is often woven with pearl and has a coloured stone at the centre like ruby or emerald.
    • Thushi is a choker neckpiece that comes with an adjustable dori (string). Thushi is also primarily made of gold.
      Mohan Mala is long beaded golden necklace that has 2 to 8 layers.
    • Lakshmi Haar or coin/temple necklace is a type of jewellery that has coin around the chain with motifs of Lakshmi or Ganesha inscribed on it.
    • Kohlapuri Saaj is special as the Mangalsutra for newly wed women. It has spiritual importance as the way it is made. The neckpiece has 21 leaves when 10 of them the symbolic to Lord Vishnu, there are 2 rubies and emeralds on it along with Ashtamangals. Kohlapur and southern parts of Maharashtra inherit this traditional jewellery making for ages.
    • Ambada is a hair accessory tied in round shape with a bun pin.
    • Kaan or ear cuff is ear jewellery that covers the entire ear lobe made with gold and pearl. Kudya is stud-type earrings.
    • Vaaki is an armlet or bajuband that is flatly studded made with gold with stunning stones in the middle.
    • Choodas are green glass bangles wore by wedded women.
    • Mundavlya is tied across the forehead during a wedding ceremony by both the bride and the groom, made with pearl or gold beads. It’s a must for Marathi wedding.
    • Tode or bangles are made with pure carat gold and makers take a good time to deliver good quality Tode.

    Maharashtrian Jewellery is classy and elegant in its ways making and the way women in Maharashtra carry them with traditional outfits (the Paithani saree).