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Traditional Asian Wedding Jewellery

By Mark T King

Wedding is an occasion that reflects traditions and customs of a particular region. These traditions vary a lot depending on religion, cultures and ethnic beliefs. And Asia is a continent which is rich in so many countries having multifarious cultures and traditions. These countries are different in all walks of life but they do have one thing in common- the presence of traditional jewellery on weddings.

Gold is considered to be the most precious and valuable metal in Asian countries and on weddings, brides wear either a single gold set or two or even three! Gold jewellery is also preferred because of traditional as well as regional reasons. According to a certain belief of ancient people, gold conveys the message of ones feeling like love, power, marriage and hierarchy. Mostly the traditional jewellery in Asian countries is hand-made.

A wedding is a very special day or an event in the life of a girl. Bridal jewellery is the most important thing that a girl has longed for and it is just an ideal gift for a bride. Everyone wants to be the best on this special day both in terms of dress as well as jewellery. The bridal jewellery is not only the most important part but plays a traditional role in the wedding ceremony too.

In Asia, the brides used to wear only gold or platinum in the past but now this has changed. Now brides wear jewellery in gemstones as gemstones are available in a variety of colours. In fact, in some Asian countries, they adorn the bride with the jewellery of her birthstones. This is a very common culture of some Asian countries.

The necklace that a bride wears, which is generally made of gold alone with fine design, and in some cases, it has an addition of semi-precious stones and beads. In the old days, the bride used to wear a three-layered necklace, which was long enough to reach her navel. In most of the cases, the bride is wearing more than one necklace.

In traditional bridal jewellery, there is more variety in pearl, gemstones and crystals. And they are more economical as compared to gold. These stone and pearls are being used more nowadays in Asian bridal weddings as they are more cost effective as compare to gold and platinum.

The other important piece of jewellery for an Asian bride is a tikka or bindya, which hangs on the forehead, and is fixed in the hair with the help of a string of gold, or beads. It also has the same design, as that of the earrings, and the necklace. Similarly, there is another piece of jewellery called jhoomer, which is again worn on the forehead. In some case, the bride wears either both of these or just the tikka.

In short, a bride is incomplete without her excessive gold jewellery, and it is a custom that she is embellished with gold from head to toe. Asia has one of the most traditional rituals, which are practiced on weddings, and this is one of them. Although the trends are somewhat changing, and people have started to prefer simple, and elegant jewellery whereas gold is going out of trend, and stones are taking its place.

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