(Last Updated on : 26-02-2015)
Rice Jewellery can be personalized, any name or saying of ones choice up to limited letters can be hand written on a single grain of rice
, free hand with bare eyes. The writing can be clearly read just like reading a book, in the magnifying miniature glass bottle charms. The rice and the writings will last a lifetime in clear or colored transparent oil preserves. What is written on the grain of rice is meant to bring good luck and keep away from danger and harm which is an ancient Turkish tradition and belief. The Rice jewellery is an ideal gift as it can be uniquely personalised for its recipients; with the addition of other small trinkets and memorabilia to the glass vial and of course the rice writing itself.
The grain of rice is preserved within a glass vial containing oil; other personalised items and colour can also be included. The glass vial complete with silver plated jewellery cap can then be adorned as a "Name on Rice Necklace", pendant or charm.
History of Rice Jewellery
The art of writing a name on a grain of rice originated in Ancient Turkey and India where artists who were previously skilled in making miniature paintings decided to turn their skills to making art with their ancient symbol of prosperity. Rice jewellery is based upon the ancient art of rice writing; the art and skill of writing small enough to fit a word or phrase on a single grain of rice. According to ancient legends, the writing on a grain of rice is thought to bring good luck, good fortune and also protection for its recipients.
Symbolism of Rice Jewellery
Since ancient times rice has been deeply symbolic of fertility and was often used during rituals as a sign of good luck and prosperity. It is often said that the more rice one has, the more prosperous one is and in some cultures rice rather than gold is considered a symbol of wealth. The symbolic nature of rice led it to be incorporated into jewellery, mainly in the form of good luck pendants and necklaces. The writing of messages and names on a grain of rice further personalises these wishes of good luck to the recipients.
Process of making Rice Jewellery
The art of writing on a grain of rice is an ancient tradition that requires great skill and practice to be done well. Using an extremely fine-tipped pen, the artist writes a name or message on a single grain of rice. The grain of rice is then sealed within a glass vial containing preservative oil that also protects and magnifies the grain of rice. To make the Rice jewellery even more personalised, other small trinkets and mementos can also be included within the glass vial such as birth-stones, small flowers, glitter and colourings.
Things to consider before creating a Rice jewellery item are:
The message or name is limited to nine characters for one side of a grain of rice; however other symbols can also be incorporated for instance a love heart symbol can be used in place of the word love.
Both sides of the grain of rice can be utilised with a name or message. So for example the name could appear on one side of the grain of rice and loved ones name on the reverse side.
Alternatively, personalised name necklaces can be made to contain more than one grain of rice, with each grain of rice containing a different name. The glass vials containing the grains of rice could hold up to four grains of rice representing the names of ones children or family.
Other items can be added to the glass vial for decoration such as birth-stones, small flowers, glitter and colourings.
Variation of Rice Jewellery
The Rice Husk Jewellery is another variation of the art of Rice Jewellery. This is also known as the Paddy Jewellery. It is one piece of jewellery that is sure to wow everyone who sees it. The imagination of creating this art is to bring up the wild tribal fashion
to urban populace.