Temple Jewellery is one of the oldest and traditional forms of Jewellery. Its design is hugely inspired by the South Indian Temple Art & Architecture.
With time, it has evolved in its designs and the way it is adorned.
Origin & History:
Temple Jewellery hails its origin around the 9th century. It was used to decorate the idols of Deities, Gods & Goddesses. Indian temples even now follow the practice of decorating Idols with finest gold jewelry.
Traditional Indian Temple Jewelry was made up of finest gold & embellished with precious and semi-precious stones, which form a valuable part of the Indian culture & its spiritual heritage.
The Jewellery comprised of intricately crafted pieces such necklaces, earrings, chains, bangles, kamarbandhs etc.
Evolvement In Design:
With time and growing popularity classical dancers started adorning temple jewelry, sometimes also known as Bharatnatyam jewelry.
Due to its unique craftsmanship and spiritual edge, women adorn it on auspicious and traditional occasions especially on marriages & muhurtams as the Jewellery is considered to bring good luck.
Thanks to its divinity and huge popularity temple jewelry have made its way into the fashion jewelry space.Craftsmanship Involved:
Temple Jewellery requires skilled and experienced artisans and goldsmiths. Most popular pendant design being of the Goddess Laxmi, the Gandaberunda pendants, and Kasamalai (Coin Necklace).
Despite the popularity of modern and trendy jewelry, the South Indian craftsman and artisans have been able to keep up the traditional design temple jewelry, and its popularity intact, so much that it is regarded as the most divine and auspicious ornament.
In its true form, Temple jewelry is known for the motifs carved on it like the Tamarappu, Makara etc
Imitation Temple Jewellery On the Rise:
While being auspicious and divine temple jewelry is also quite expensive. Due to its popularity now temple jewelry is being carved in different metals like silver, silver alloy and being gold plated, but due to the expertise involved in producing intricate temple jewelry, it can still cost a little more than other jewelry forms.
Hence the use of imitation temple jewelry has been on the rise. Present day artisans and craftsmen have been successful in keeping the feel and divinity of temple jewelry with few adaptations to suit the present contemporary design loving audience.