The golden affair with gold jewellery
Humans and their love affair with gold dates back to centuries. Although it is difficult to pinpoint the exact time and place of the Indians first happy encounter with this precious metal, but it didn’t take long for gold to claim an important part in our culture. Today, it has become a symbol of status and Indians are not shy to flaunt their beautiful gold jewellery. Moreover, in an Indian social setting with such a large population, this yellow metal is one element that can help people literally shine in the crowd. In India, trinkets made of this shiny yellow metal reign every heart, irrespective of sex, religion, caste or creed.
Every trinket has a story to tell
From rich to poor, gold jewellery is usually considered a family heirloom in most Indian households. Do you too have those special gold and diamond studs that once adorned your grandmother’s earlobes? Or an antique necklace that was gifted to you by your mother-in-law on your wedding day, which she got from her mother-in-law? Does your mother’s chunky gold bangle adorn your wrist now? It seems as if almost every piece of gold jewellery we own has a story behind it, a sentiment that one cannot ignore.
Types of gold jewellery
From weddings and functions to offices and home, gold jewellery is the preferred choice of ornaments for many. If we closely observe the Indian jewellery made of gold, we can categorize them into various types on the basis of the techniques. Here is a list of some of the types you can find in the market.
Polki jewelleries are a combination of gold and uncut and unrefined diamonds. They are usually very expensive and have a regal look.
Jadau or Jadtar
Somewhat similar to polki jewellery, jadau or jadtar gold jewellery feature gold with diamonds and pearls. Generally popular with brides, jadau jewellery feature a gold base studded with the desired gems that are soldered with gold foils for further reinforcement. You can usually find Meenakari work on the back of Jadau jewellery.
In gold jewellery featuring filigree work we can see the use of delicate gold wires creatively fused together to create intricate lacework resembling designs. Gold jhumkis and necklaces in filigree are a sight to behold. They look so delicately elegant.
Usually popular in the South Indian states, temple jewellery takes its inspiration from the jewellery that adorned the idols in temples. This kind of jewellery features heavy use of gold and are quite chunky in nature. They are fit for both religious occasions, as well as weddings.
How to buy gold jewellery online?
With the advent of online shopping sites jewellery shopping has become all the more hassle-free. These e-commerce sites bring to you jewellery from various reputed brands including CaratLane, Kalyan Jewellers, PCJ, Bluestone, Asmi, Diti Jewellery, 99Jewels, Arkina, Jewellery Bazar and Suvam Jewels. Although all of these brands offer you BIS hallmarked jewellery, it is significant to consider the purity of the gold. Gold’s purity is measured in 24K, 22K, 18K, 14K or 10K. If you are buying jewellery for investment purposes, better go for 24 or 22K. 18K jewellery is usually best if you want to buy diamond jewellery. Online shopping sites also let you compare prices and give you discounts, so that you can buy more at lesser price. Paying for your favourite piece is also easy with a variety of payment methods. Moreover, easy exchange and return policies also make online shopping for precious jewellery all the more hassle-free.