Indian Adornments

08.03.2012 § Leave a comment

A little more than a year ago, Ben and I visited India for the first time. The reason for our stay was actually a wedding during which I had the chance to discover more about the traditional Indian customs and especially the beautiful jewelry. Back than I promised you a post about Indian Style but never got to it. So, finally, here it is!

What one thinks of first when it comes to Indian jewelry is the massive and opulent gems collected by Maharajahs and Maharanis. Those same gems that the whole of Europe envied, that inspired the Tutti Frutti collections and that are still some of the most amazing gems known today. But the beauty of a gem is just as important as how it is worn, and Indian women definitely know how to wear their jewels in the most fantastic manners.

Portrait of Rani Jindan Singh by George Richmond

Look at the beautiful Maharani Jind Kaur! Isn’t she amazing? What appears to me in this painting after the striking serene force of Rani Jindan, is truly the art of adorning… I think Karl Lagarfeld translated this quite well in Chanel’s pre Fall Paris-Bombai Collection last December.

View the complete collection and details here and here.

I must admit the reason why I only write this post now is because I have waited a long time for an Indian jeweler to wow me… And just today (a thousand years after everyone else…) I discovered Amrapali which apparently isn’t only worn by all of Bollywood but the rest of the world too!

Mughal-inspired Gold and Diamond Peacock Bangle, Amrapali

I can’t wait to see more of Amrapali. The name is, by the way, borrowed from a woman of extraordinary beauty who lived in ancient India. Read more about her story here.

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