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Antique Jewellery - IndiaExcellence of Indian craftsman has been recognized world over throughout the ages. Indian Jewelery is one of the most suitable examples of Indian craftsmanship. Jewellery in India, in fact, also carries the cultural connotations with it. Man and woman, both, have been wearing jewellery for ages. A woman is also traditionally gifted Indian jewellery on the auspicious occasion of her wedding. It's gifted from both her parents and her in-laws. Very simple logic is behind this tradition. Along with the obvious purpose of ornamentation, the gold jewellery and others is her safeguard against odd times. In absence of an income of her own, she also can trade in her jewellery if the need arises. It doesn't mean that Indian woman does not like her ornaments well crafted.
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Various Kinds of Indian Jewellery

All the markets in India have its own share of gold and silversmiths and Indian jewelry is famous all over the world. Tourists prefer Indian jewellery because of its beautiful ethnic and modern style, well-carved by expert craftsmen. Here are some famous forms of Indian jewellery.

Gold Jewellery In India
The yellow mettle is a favourite among the women of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra. Gold is considered auspicious, not to mention a status symbol. Even the humblest bride down south has some of this shiny metal in her trousseau. Although machine-made trinkets are fast catching on, handcrafted gold jewellery in India is still very much in vogue. Major difference between the south Indian jewellery and north Indian jewellery is in the detail, delicacy and motifs. Whereas north Indians think small is beautiful, south Indians believe certainly otherwise.

Silver Jewellery In India
Various kinds of adornments in silver include : hansli or the choker; tikka or the spherical pendant for the forehead; nath or the nose ring which may be attached with a chain to the adjacent jhumka; dangling earrings called jhumkas; a series of bracelets called kadas; payals or anklets with tiny bells on them; and finally the chakti or toe rings of the married women. Men in Rajasthan usually wear chokers, earrings and bracelets too. These designs represent a lovely blend of Hindu and Islamic styles, as are the karigars (craftsmen) who may be a Hindu or a Muslim. Another favourite is silver jewellery with ornate tribal designs. One of the latest additions to the repertoire is silver studded with semi-precious stones. The most happening centers of silver jewellery in India include Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.

Diamond Jewelry In India
Diamond jewellery in India is also much popular and in demand. Diamonds also mean some good lifetime investments. Apart from this, a diamond forms a unique part of your identity. There are a number of diamond jewelry manufacturing centres in India where they produce diamond jewelry blending the traditional Indian touches with contemporary style.

Gems Jewelry In India
Gems You just need to consult any palmist and astrologer, and you prescribed precisely the clarity and carat required to ward off the evil eye or reverse a spell of ill-luck. Rubies, garnets, emeralds, sapphires, amethysts, corals and turquoise are some of the good buys here. The artisans of Jaipur and Calcutta have honed to perfection the craft of cutting and polishing stones to achieve the most gleaming facets.

Kundan Jewelry In India
Cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur are famous for the age-old technique of setting gems in gold called Kundan. Precious stones like diamonds, emeralds and rubies are set in gold and silver in the Mughal-inspired art. Gems are not secured by a rim or claw but bedded in a surround of gold leaf.

Meenakari Jewelry In India
Enameling or Meenakari was basically meant to protect gold. It's so soft and malleable in its pure state that it can easily wear away. The technique however came to be used for all sorts of objet d'art. Enameling, here, means a champleve technique. It means in simple English that a recess is hollowed out in the surface of gold or silver to take in a mineral. As for example, Cobalt Oxide, gives a blue color, and then fired into the depression. It leaves a thin line separating the segments of color. These patterns are generally floral and colored in red, green and blue which can be seen on small jewellery and kumkum boxes.

Gems & Jewelry Trade Shows in India

India is also known for its many gems and jewelry exhibitions where you can feast your eyes upon a wide range of jewelry items in India. Hyderabad, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai are the main cities where these jewelry shows are held. Some of the major gems and jewelry exhibitions in India are as follows.
» South India Jewellery Show (SIJS), Bangalore
» Indian International Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show (IIFJAS), Mumbai
» Times Shagun-New Delhi, New Delhi
» Jewels New Delhi, New Delhi
» Beauty & Trendz Ahead, New Delhi
» The JCK Show, New Delhi
» Hyderabad Jewellery Pearl & Gem Fair, Hyderabad
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