Most of the Indian women are avid jewellery lovers. A piece of dazzling jewellery can make a woman more glamorous. There is no doubt about the fact that every bride wants to look the best on her wedding day. Traditional wedding jewellery intensifies her look and adds an oomph factor to the bride. A Marathi bride's best attire could be her jewellery. A conventional Marathi bride is covered with various Maharashtrian bridal jewellery, and each of them depicts different stories about the bride and her family.
Here is the checklist of most popular wedding jewellery worn by the Marathi bride:
Originated in Kolhapur this piece of jewellery has always been favourite at weddings. Saaj has been there for 60 years. Saaj is gifted to the bride by the groom’s family. It is made of gold beads, gold petals and gold leaves. A round pendant with a red stone in the middle is attached to it.
A Marathi wedding cannot be done without Nath. It is an exclusive jewellery piece. Nath is unique in style; it is shaped like a bow. These nose-pieces have precious stones like pearls, ruby, diamond or emerald studded on to it. Maharashtrian Nath indicates a family’s wealth.
Mundavlya made with strands of pearls or gold tied horizontally across the forehead, is worn by both bride and groom. It is auspicious among the Maharashtrian bridal jewellery and helps to frame the face.
A gold armlet is known as Vaki in Marathi, in Hindi, it is known as Bajuband. It is a solid gold armlet with precious stones like ruby studded in the centre. As time flies, Vaki changed its fashion. Earlier women wore them in both hands, now wearing it on only one arm became fashionable. Vaki is a simple and elegant piece of jewellery.
The dark green glass bangles which dazzle in the Maharashtrian bride's hand are known as Chura. To give a different look, the green bangles are separated by some 24 karat gold bangles known as Pichodi bangles. Traditionally, Chura is worn in odd numbers in both hands. For example, if someone is wearing 13 in one hand, then she has to wear 11 in the other. Green Chura here signifies fertility.
This fantastic, long neck piece looks very elegant on a bride's neck. Putli haar made up of little coins entwine together on a silk string. Each of these coins has Goddess Lakshmi motifs that symbolize wealth and fortune.
India has a variety of culture, traditions, and communities, so the wedding rituals, wedding jewellery are different from each other. As far as jewellery designs are concerned, Maharashtrian jewellery stands out because of their unique designs and elegance. At present women prefer light jewellery as it is comfortable to wear, but traditional wedding jewellery looks best on the wedding day. With a perfect blend of Paithani or Nauvari saree and different types of Maharashtrian jewellery, the bride looks like a goddess.