March 6th, 2018 by Arunima

Wedding jewellery is a crucial part of Indian weddings. You can throw an amazing reception feast and select a lavish venue for the wedding. But guests will still be curious to check out how much jewellery the bride has on her. Indian wedding jewellery for brides is a huge deal. It is a symbol of societal status, which for some reason people always wants to boast. It also translates into the symbol of dedication into the wedding.

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If you don’t want to spend a fortune on your Indian bridal jewellery, don’t worry. There is a way to deck up your beautiful bride in beautiful jewellery without going broke. There are various types of Indian jewellery that are suitable for weddings that you can team up with the classic expensive types of gold jewellery.

Types of Wedding Jewellery

Here is a list of gorgeous jewellery types that the bride can proudly wear to her wedding. When going for a bridal collection, consider these types of Indian wedding jewellery to stand out beautifully as the prettiest bride. Mix and match some of these types to complement the bride’s skin tone, makeup, and the wedding attire.

  1. Kundan

This popular jewellery art from the Mughal era has its roots in Rajasthan and Delhi. This traditional gemstone art with elaborate glass stone designs held together with the molten form of purest gold mostly comes in heavy and chunky pieces.


One single necklace will be enough to steal the show. Go for a kundan set and you’ll have enough of bridal jewellery. You can team up kundan with jadau or modern gold jewellery. Even pearls will do if you want to cut out on the cost but thanks to kundan, nothing will look cheap for a wedding.

  1. Polki

Polki jewellery is quite similar to kundan but way more expensive. Polki is all about uncut natural diamonds. This jewellery type too is a traditional Mughal art. Polki is more on the expensive side because they are mostly diamonds. One signature piece of polki jewellery among other wedding jewellery will work all the magic you need on your D Day.

  1. Meenakari

Meenakari is the art of enamelling metal surfaces with various shapes like peacocks, leaves, flowers, or animals. This Rajasthani art was initially used in Mughal architecture. It was also used as a perfect finishing for the back side of kundan and polki jewellery. But today, Meenakari is done on regular gold, silver, or any other base. It reduces the cost without taking away from the traditional art. This is the most colourful form of Traditional Indian jewellery.

  1. Jadau

Jadau is a Rajasthani art from the Mughal era that involves kundan, polki, and Meenakari. The basic design is moulded, the shapes for the stones are engraved, the stones are then put into the engravings and then sealed into the pure gold base with gold foil. The stones are then enamelled. So, when you want kundan with meenakari, it is basically jadau you are asking for. Needless to say, this is for people who want to flaunt their wealth.

  1. Classic gold

Classic gold jewellery will never go out of style for weddings. Gold can never be too basic either. Get unique designs to make the pure gold stand out. Go for a balanced mix of chunky signature wedding jewellery and trendy pieces to adorn the bride with.


Gold is a symbol of prosperity. Pure gold is a must on weddings. Gold with intricate designs and cuts and without any differently coloured stones and embellishments is classic and the most traditional form to adorn the new Lakshmi of the house with.

  1. Temple jewellery

This is gold jewellery too. But the designs and style of temple jewellery originate in the Chola dynasty. This is South Indian gold jewellery that stands out from regular North Indian gold jewellery. The rich culture reflects through every design.


However, this does not mean that temple jewellery is unfit for modern weddings. The designs are beautiful and timeless. The intricate nakkashi upholds the tradition of an Indian wedding. The making charge of temple jewellery is huge. You should go for stone embellished temple jewellery to become the talk of the town right from your wedding day.

  1. Lac

Lac or lacquer jewellery finds its roots in Rajasthan. This is made from lac. Yes, the thick waxy resin from the female lac species is used in wedding jewellery.

This is the closest you could get to nature. Wearing the secretions of a bug. Yes, that sounds odd. But when you see lac jewellery, you will love the texture and the colours. You will love it more because that beauty is the work of tiny creatures. Lac jewellery is made after heavy processing of the lac resin. They mostly come in shades of red. Lac bangles are ominous in some cultures. It is mandatory for a married woman to wear lac bangles in many places in India.

  1. Pachchikam

Pachchikam jewellery originates in the Kutch. It is much like kundan but on silver. The silver used in pachchikam jewellery is very malleable and of the purest quality. It almost looks like platinum after processing. Glass stones and some precious gems are inserted into thin silver cases to reflect the light and shine all bright. Pachchikam jewellery is made rough and edgy to give a rustic feel to the make. If you want a unique appearance for your bridal look, go for this type of jewellery. Also, it is one of the most affordable forms of wedding jewellery.

  1. Thewa

Thewa is again a Mughal art form. It involves the fusion of 23 carat gold and colourful glass. Rajasthan is famous for Thewa art. There is lot of terracotta and some chemicals and oils involved in the process. Thewa art depicts Mughal history and the history of North Indian society. The processing time is long. The entire process of making thewa jewellery is elaborate and interesting. The result is beautiful. The pieces are brilliantly colourful and chunky. The base is usually black and the colours shine bright on the base. They are further detailed with intricate gold designs. A Thewa jewellery set in the right colour will amazingly complement the latest Indian bridal wedding dress.

  1. Kaasu Maalai

This style of wedding jewellery can never be misidentified. This traditional Indian gold jewellery is made in the form of strings of gold coins put together to make chunky pieces. Some of them are detailed with stones especially for bridal jewellery. This is traditional South Indian jewellery that is now catching on with the rest of the country as well. If you want to do something traditional, but different from the popular North Indian jewellery types this is a very good option. Also, it is light on your body despite having a wide area. So this jewellery will look extravagant, cost you less and be comfortable to wear throughout the wedding day.

  1. Filigree

This style is probably the most beautiful kind of jewellery because it fuses traditional and trendy, perfectly. All the meshwork on gold and silver and enamelled metal will give the bride a fairy tale look on her wedding. Filigree jewellery is delicate and brilliant.


The best thing about filigree jewellery, apart from the intricate designs, is the matt bright finish. Yes, that is paradoxical, and magical. The lustre of filigree jewellery is unique and totally different from a typical metallic smoothness.

  1. Navratna Jewellery

The name gives away the speciality of this type of jewellery. It is made of nine different types of precious stones. The navratna jewellery is not just a symbol of status and show of colours but it is also a lucky charm for weddings. You can go for an entire set of navratna jewellery, or go for different individual navratna jewellery pieces. Chunky pieces of precious stones in various colours is the best thing you can have when you are looking for bright accessories for your bridal attire.

These are the popular types of Indian wedding jewellery that are now in vogue in various cities across the country. They suit different budgets and different bridal looks. Go for the one that suits yours. You can get a mix of different types of Indian bridal jewellery as well.

Take your time and do what you like best. Think it through, plan out your bridal look before you go out to buy or order custom jewellery for a traditional big fat Indian wedding. These types of gold jewellery might not have been known to you before today. Now that you know the difference between each type, you will know what you want. Once you know which style suits you best, do not waste any time in getting them made from a reputed jewellery maker if you want it custom made.


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