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Indian Gold Jewellery: A History of Rich Traditions

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Jewellery is a form of adornment that is universal. In earlier times, jewellery was crafted from shells, stones and bones. During these times, jewellery also had a special significance that it protected people from difficulties of life or it was considered a mark of the status to which they belonged. The use of metals marked an important stage in the development of jewellery as an ornament for human use. With time, workmanship became more intricate and styles became more sophisticated and elegant. Gold was valued during prehistoric times so much that it soon became a medium through which jewellery was crafted. Attraction for Indian jewellery has always been high because of its stunning designs and its value as an art that carries a rich history of traditions with it. Indian women love jewellery. In fact, the sixteen adornments are considered an important part of the daily ritual of any married Indian woman, according to Hindu traditions. The history of Indian jewellery can be traced back to the ancient times nearly 5,000 years ago. Dance forms played a very important role in the way Indian jewellery emerged. From earrings and necklaces to anklets and more, Indian jewellery is made of different kinds of precious gems and adornments including emeralds, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, pearls and semi-precious stones as well. Jewellery in India ranges from the religious to the aesthetic. It is created not only for human beings but also for the Gods as well. Royal people have always used traditional Indian gold jewellery for defining their status and tradition.

The range of jewellery in India varies from religious to purely aesthetic types. It is crafted not only for humans, but also for the Gods, ceremonial elephants and horses. Regional differences can also be observed in the making of jewellery, depending on the differences in geography, people, culture and their lifestyle.