Temple jewellery, by its divine presence and style, has become popular among Indian brides. Its intricate artwork and timeless tradition made it a vital part of a woman’s jewellery collection. Temple jewellery originated from south India and is one of the most traditional forms of bridal jewellery. It is made of gold and, during the early ages, was used to decorate idols in temples. Being the land of many beautiful temples, the temple jewellery of Karnataka became popular and is well-liked by the masses.
The temple jewellery of Karnataka includes beautifully crafted ornaments from various parts of the state. It comprises ornaments such as chains, bangles, necklaces, earrings and many more. The artisans who found inspiration from the sculptures, illustrations and carvings of many temples of the state started beautifully replicating those patterns in their work, which gave rise to the Karnataka temple jewellery.
Temple jewellery, in general, is also known as Kemp jewellery. Kemp jewellery is a form of temple jewellery that originated from Nagercoil and later became popular in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Kemp ornaments consist of cabochon gemstones (kemp stones) fixed to the ornament. The kemp stones usually appear in red, green and blue.
Another important category of Karnataka’s temple jewellery is the jewellery from Gokak. Gokak is a town located in the Belagavi district of Karnataka. Temple jewellery from Gokak is an essential part of weddings in this region. Those wedding ornaments include nose rings, armbands, necklaces etc.
Temple jewellery from various parts of the state comprises beautiful antique gold earrings, gold necklaces, silver pendants, silver long and short chains, mangalsutra, Vajratik etc., made with fine metals and studded with precious and semi-precious gemstones.