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India has a long, uninterrupted and vibrant history of jewelry making, dating back over 5000 years. As early as the Indus Valley Civilization in 1500BC, India has seen the creation of gold necklaces and earrings, bead necklaces and metallic bangles. Over the years this trend evolved to encompass the forms and styles of Tribal jewelry, found across the hundreds of different local tribes in India.
The Mughal reign over India had a significant impact on jewelry styles in India. Mughal inspired jewelry styles like Kundan, Meenakari, Jadau, Pachi and Polki still dominate the Indian jewelry industry, and are coveted styles all over the country and abroad.
In a culture driven to a large extent by prayer, devotion and belief in a higher being, it is only natural that Indian jewelry would reflect this passion as well. Because of the inability of gold to corrode over time, it is often associated with immortality in Hinduism. Temple jewelry, predominantly found in South India rose to prominence between the 6th and 16th century and continues to be an important part of Indian jewelry.
Going hand in hand with astrology and believed to be infused with the power to change the course of a person’s life for the better, Gemstone jewelry and Navaratna jewelry is another facet of Indian jewelry that holds great importance globally.
Aside from this Indian jewelry has also been influenced to a large extent by different styles from other countries. The exquisite, delicate Filigree jewelry of India finds its roots from the Greek style, while the beautiful Turquoise, corals and amber of Tibetan jewelry are widely seen through India, especially in the North East.
With its ever evolving styles marrying traditional art forms in contemporary silhouettes, Indian jewelry remains to this day something rare, something special, and something that will never go out of style.