Glittering 22k gold jewelry, colorful Kanjeevaram sarees & clusters of fragrant flowers give the South Indian bride a stunning, timeless look. Jewelry is one of the most prized possession of every Indian bride that defines her uniqueness. Some brides like to wear heirloom gold jewelry passed down by their mother or grandmother—others prefer to select their own trendy pieces. Whatever the case may be, an Indian wedding can never be complete without 22K gold bridal jewelry.
The south Indian bride looks resplendent in beautiful crafted neck pieces, traditional harams, statement jhumkis, jingling bangles, delicate nose rings, gentle tinkling anklets and traditional bridal ornaments such as arm vanki's and vaddanams. Here are 10 must-have bridal jewelry items that a south Indian bride will definitely want to wear on her wedding day.
1. Maang Tikka:
Maang Tikka is typically an Indian hair adornment, placed on the bride's hairline with a drop pendant that gracefully sits on the center of her forehead. The maang tikka consists of a chain with a pendant in the front and a hook at the other end. The hook is used for holding the tikka at the hair end, while the pendant embellishes the center of the woman 's forehead. According to Indian culture, the maang tikka gives the bride power, will and wisdom to handle her new journey in life. The maang tikka is also adorned on the bride to protect her from evil eye and any negative energy. But most essentially the maang tikka signifies union between the bride and the groom. (Suggested Read: Maang Tikka: True Meaning & Essence)
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A vaddanam is traditionally waist belts made in 22K gold and is tied around the bride’s waist to signify bonding with her new family. Studded with precious and semi precious stones, the waist-belt is often carved with images of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu, to invoke protection and prosperity for the new couple. Vaddanams are traditionally worn during festival days and major family occasions like marriages as a status symbol in south Indian weddings. (Suggested Read: Significance of Vaddanam For Telugu Brides)
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3. Kasu Mala
A south Indian wedding is incomplete without a Kasu mala or haram adorning the bride. Kasu meaning 'coin' and Mala 'necklace' is also known as Kasulaperu. The Kasu Mala is made up of small gold coins which are so closely strung together that they overlap one another. This is a traditional south Indian necklace which is extremely popular and has become a significant bridal choice. The necklace is constructed using gold coins which are embossed with figurines of Hindu gods and goddesses. The Kasu or the coins most often are inscribed with motifs of Lakshmi or Ram parivar. Lakshmi goddess is very popular as she is a representative of beauty, prosperity, good luck and abundance. It is believed that wearing the Lakshmi goddess Kasu Mala on her wedding day will bring prosperity and luck to the new bride and is considered highly auspicious. The Kasu Mala designed with Lakshmi on each and every coin is called as Lakshmi Kasu Mala. (Suggested Read: The Traditional Kasumala Or Kasulaperu)
4. Arm VanKi or Arm Patti
South India’s most popular bridal ornament is the arm vanki also known as armlet, arm patti or bajuband. Bridal jewelry is never complete without the vanki adorning the mehendi-clad hands of a south Indian bride. The vintage south Indian style vanki has the same charm today because of its inverted-V- shaped design which has its origin traced to Naga or snake worship. In Indian culture and tradition, snakes are seen as entities of strength and renewal. Arm vanki or Ara vanki is worn around the arm by a new south Indian bride for elegance, and also because it is believed that the armlet has the power to protect it's holder in her new journey. (Suggested Read: Arm Vanki- A Popular South Indian Bridal Jewelry)
5. 22K Gold Jhumkis
The word ‘Jhumki’ refers to the traditional bell shaped earring design of India. Jhumkis are traditional style drop earrings that continues to attract every generation of south Indian accent. Jhumkis emerged in ancient times and has managed to be a hot favorite of Indian brides and women across the globe. Today, jhumkis come in a variety of styles and designs from plain gold, uncut diamond to earrings studded with precious gems like rubies and emeralds.
Mangalsutra is an ornament that symbolizes an Indian marriage and is an Indian wedding chain. Mangalsutra or 'mangalsutram' evolved from a Sanskrit term ‘mangal’ meaning prosperous, blessed, happy, successful and ‘sutram’ means cord. During the wedding ceremony, the priest typically recites mantras (chants) when the groom ties the mangalsutra around the bride’s neck. This act of tying a mangalsutra chain signifies the groom and the bride are united in a new relationship. Mangalsutra is usually a black beaded chain in 22K gold. The gold chain and black beads protects the marriage from any evil eye and is supposed to destroy all negative energy. Married indian women are expected to wear the mangalsutra throughout their lifetime as it is believed to enhance the well-being of their husband and family.
It is mandatory for newlywed Indian brides to wear bangles made of glass, 22K gold or other metals as they signify the long life of the husband as well as good fortune and prosperity. From being a toddler to an older woman, bangles are an essential accessory of her being. 22K gold bangles are part of traditional Indian jewelry. Bangles are round and rigid in shape, and they are usually worn in pairs by women, one or more on each arm. Bangles have a very traditional value in Hinduism and it is considered inauspicious to be bare armed for a married Indian woman.
8. 22K Gold Jada Choti
Jada billa also known as Choti is a long ornament worn along the length of the braid. It is a popular hair ornament for south Indian brides. This hair jewelry jadai billai is also used in traditional Bharatanatyam & Kuchipudi dances.
9 & 10. Nose Pins & 22K Gold Anklets
Both nose pins and anklets also are essential ornaments adding to the south Indian bride's stunning looks. 22K gold anklets definitely add glamour to a bride's ankles. A pretty and elegant 22K gold anklet with dangling and tingling small bells is a simple and elegant choice for Indian brides. In certain Hindu sects, a nose ring referred as ‘Nath’ is worn during marriage and is a symbol of a married woman.