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Rajasthani Bridal Wedding jewellery - Rajasthan Bride

Rajasthan, which literally means ‘the abode of kings', is the largest state in the Northwest region of India. The mystical Thar desert, the majestic palaces, ancient forts, awe-inspiring havelis and the fascinating history of princes and princesses, make Rajasthan the most romantic wedding destination in India. Many palaces have been transformed into luxury resorts, which are ideal for anyone who dreams of a fairy-tale wedding. The Udaipur Lake Palace is inarguably the most romantic palace hotel in India and attracts celebrities from all over the world. Many Bollywood and Hollywood movies, including a James Bond movie, have been shot here. Hollywood celebrities Katy Perry and Russell Brand, as well as Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, had their royal nuptials in Rajasthan.

In a heavy Gota Patti embroidered Rajputi poshak and equally rich and heavy Rajputi jewellery, the Rajasthani bride resembles a princess from the rich royal history of Rajasthan. The Mughals had a significant impression on the state and nowhere is it more evident than in their jewellery. Rajasthan is world renowned for its different jewellery styles.

Kundan jewellery: This ancient art of jewellery making was conceived in the royal courts of Rajasthan. Since then, Jaipur has been the centre for Kundan jewellery. Traditionally, it was made with gold and unique glass stones called Kundan stones. Nowadays they are made of gold and uncut diamonds and other precious and semi-precious stones. Thin foils of highly refined pure gold or ‘Kundan' is beaten and stuffed in between the gold framework and the stones to create this style. In some cases, the reverse side of the jewellery is enamelled in colourful Meenakari designs. This variation is called Kundan Meenakari. Kundan jewellery has been in the spotlight ever since it epitomised Rajput royalty in the movie Jodha Akbar, which featured Aishwarya Rai in heavy Kundan jewellery.
Polki jewellery:Polki jewellery is made exclusively with gold and unfaceted or uncut diamonds. Hence Polki jewellery is generally more expensive than Kundan, although both follow the same process of jewellery making.
The ancient art of ,Thewa jewellery is a blend of gold and glass while the colourful Jaipur Meenakari jewellery is a fusion of gold with different colours and beautiful artwork.
The Rajasthani bride in heavy Kundan and Polki jewellery resembles a Rajput princess in all grandeur. She is bedecked in exquisite jewellery from head to toe. The maang tikka is called ‘Rakhdi' or ‘Borla'. It is a signature piece of the state because unlike other styles, it usually ends in a huge bell-shaped or spherical piece embellished with precious stones. The ‘Sheeshphool' is a chain of small rakhdis which forms a headband. Some wear ‘Khaancha' in addition to sheeshphool. The Khaancha is a band worn on the upper forehead and has the Rakhdi attached at its centre.
The ‘Nath' or ‘Nathni' is a huge ornate nose ring worn on the left nostril and has a chain of pearls or precious stones, which is latched to the hair. The earrings worn are usually a variation of the jhumkas known as ‘Kundan Bhutti', while other favourites - Surliya/ Kaanbali/ Jhaale are different versions of danglers. The collar neckpiece called ‘Aadh' is a signature style of the Rajasthani bride. It is a broad and heavily decorated pendant which adorns the collarbone. The choker necklace of uncut diamonds called ‘Timaniya' is another favourite. The waist long, heavily embellished necklace called the ‘Raani haar' which means Queen's necklace is a must for a Rajputi bride. A set of two gold bangles called ‘Bangadi' is also accompanied with broad gold bracelets called ‘Gokharu' or bracelet of white pearls called ‘Gajara'.
‘Choora' are red bridal bangles made of lac which are accompanied with gold bangles encrusted with precious stones and diamonds. ‘Balaiya Kada' is a broad flat bracelet which is popular among youngsters. The waist chain called ‘Kamarbandh' or ‘Kardhani' or ‘Tagdi' made of gold and Polki or Kundan accentuates the waist. The armlet is called ‘Bajubandh' and is made of gold and precious stones or Meenakari designs. The elaborate ‘Haath Phool' designs are a testimony to the Mughal influence on Rajasthan. It consists of a statement centrepiece which is joined to the rings on each finger and the wrist, with chains of gold and precious stones, decorating the back of the palm and wrist. ‘Bichiya' which is a toe ring, usually made of silver and stones, is a mark of a married woman and is gifted to the bride on the eve of the wedding. Anklets also known as ‘Payal', made of gold and precious stones adorn her feet.

Rajasthani bridal jewellery styles, particularly Kundan and Polki are in vogue, and is highly sought after by brides from other states as well.
You can find all this and much more at the “Muhurat” floor in Kalyan Jewellers. An entire floor dedicated to bridal jewellery from different regions of India.