Types of Indian Costume Jewellery
The different types of costume jewellery are antique jewellery, body jewellery, magnetic jewellery, glass jewellery, artificial jewellery, crystal jewellery, fashion jewellery, beaded and imitation jewellery. Thus, costume jewellery can enliven a fashion wardrobe and bring a dash of panache especially for one off special occasions.
Necklace refers to any continuous band or chain, worn around the neck as an ornament. They are a beautiful addition to a costume, which add colour and personal style. Necklaces are frequently formed from a metal chain; often attached to a locket or pendant. Necklaces are made of a variety of materials, ranging from glass beads to goldand diamonds.
Armlet is a type of jewellery which is worn in arms by women. This type of jewellery has been worn by women since ancient times. Armlet is South India’s most popular ornament without which a wedding is incomplete.
An earring is an ornament that is worn in the ear. Earrings are worn by both genders. Earrings are attached to the ear through a piercing in the earlobe or some other external part of the ear, except in the case of a clip earring, which clips onto the lobe.
Anklets are a broad term for jewellery for the ankles. Most anklets are approximately 9.5 inches in length. Anklets may be flexible or solid (bangles) in design. Anklets may be entirely silver or gold or a gemstone, pearl or design can be used to decorate it.
Belly chains are a popular item of jewellery amongst most young people. Belly chains are to be worn around the waist. They are available in various sizes. Single line elegant belly chain is available in sterling silver with buckles to adjust to various waist sizes. Belly chains are used by some dancers to draw attention to the stomach.
Bracelets are ornamental bands or chains encircling the wrist. Bracelets are great jewellery items that add exquisite sparkle to the outfits. Bracelets can be made of gold, silver and sterling silver.
Rings can be defined as a small circular band, generally made of precious metal and often set with jewels, worn on the finger. Men and women have worn rings since prehistoric times to enhance appearance, to display status, wealth or grief and to affirm love, friendship and loyalty. Rings designs are infinitely varied, and are produced using a wide range of techniques and materials, including precious metals and gemstones.
Pendant is a hanging object, generally attached to a necklace or an earring. Known for its elegance and style, fine pendants can be complemented beautifully by semiprecious gemstones in fine jewellery designs, when matched with chains these pendants make stunning jewellery sets. Pendants are available in all sizes and shapes and can be worn on any occasion to enhance one’s personality.
Nose Ring is a type of jewellery worn in the nose. A nose ring is also one of the several symbols of a married woman. It is also believed that a hole in a woman’s left nostril relieves some of the pain in childbirth.
Brooches are decorative items designed to be attached to garments. Both men and women use broaches as ornaments. It adds to the grace of any lapel and neckline. It also makes a brilliant button on any single button jacket or coat.
Toe ring is a type of body jewellery worn around one or more toes. Toe rings come in styles similar to rings worn on the fingers, but toe rings have a small gap on the bottom of the ring to allow them to slip over the tips of the toe more easily.
Bangles are a part of traditional Indian jewellery. In India, bangles are usually worn in pairs, one or more on each arm, and a single bangle is rarely sold. Most Indian women prefer wearing either gold or glass bangles or both in combination. They are often studded with precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, gems and pearls.
Thus costume jewellery became fashionable accessories for commoners who could not afford valuable metals and precious stones. Costume jewellery adds certain panache to an ordinary-looking outfit or costume.