Be it the enormous choker Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was seen wearing in the movie Jodha Akbar or the enticing nose ring Deepika Padukone donned in the movie Bajirao Mastani. These Jewellry which definitely look straight from the treasure boxes of Maharajas, Rajputs and Mughals left eyes wide open all over the globe. While the ‘brides to be’ envisioned how they would look dressing in these for their wedding, few wished if they lived in that era and probably have a first class access to the Queen’s and Princess’s closets. Meanwhile, few like me imagined how interesting would a blog post be, if done in these lines. Royal Jewellry in India was never side lined, especially never in Bollywood. The royal jewellry has made a comeback. These were even seen on the runway and few of the trendiest fashion magazines. Today I am talking about such masterpieces which dazzled in history and has its spark come back in todays era.
1) Kada : In the year 1960, Mughal e Azam brought a glittering wave in Bollywood. Then actress Madhubala who played the female lead role of Anarkali left the masses awestruck with her beauty and charisma. The kundan bangles and kadas which she was spotted wearing in the same movie was something unusual. The long cuff like kadas came with two ends or rather clasps that touched each other.
2) Borla Tikka: This traditional Rajasthani jewellery is apt for those who don’t like the heavy traditional head jewellery. This round delicate piece can be worn for weddings and even other occasions.Chitrangada Singh, Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut wearing Borla Tikka for a show
3) Matha Patti: Another traditional jewellery with an artistic twist. Matha patti is just like a mang tikka with two chains, usually thick band extending from the centre around the head. This somewhat resembles a head band with a pendant hanging at the centre. This jewellery is more Indian and traditional.
Aishwarya Rai donning matha patti in the movie Chokher Bali, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel. How flawless does she look?
4) Passa: Also known as jhoomar is one of the most elegant Mughal Jewellery. Usually wore on one side of the forehead, a passa can instantly give a royal appearance. While Deepika Padukone got the crowd talking about her polished look in the movie Bajirao Mastani, I must say that passa added a lot to the glamour. However, the tragedy Queen of Bollywood, Meena Kumari once reigned Cinema with her skills of acting in the movie Pakeezah, we must not forget that this was one of the most elegant looks in Bollywood ever. Dia Mirza also tried re-creating the Meena Kumari of Pakeeza
Meena Kumari,as seen in the movie Pakeezah (1972)
Deepika Padukone, as seen in the movie Bajirao Mastani. Can we have a moment to admire the eye contact between the two love birds !
5) Nose Rings: Nose rings have an irreplaceable place in the history of Indian jewellery. It is interesting to know how this piece of art has evolved trough various eras and various traditions. Nose rings are of most importance when it comes to traditional Indian weddings. Well, its no longer just limited to India, nose rings have captured the entire globe. While actresses donned the huge bali shaped rings in historical movies, the runway settled with smaller ones.
Current global sensation, Kendall Jenner wore a tribal nose ring to Coachella. Soon Khloe Kardashian posted a picture of her wearing a very similar nose ring as Kendall’s (which apparently she borrowed from Kendal, as we know they even share each others clothes #FriendshipGoals)
6) Elaborated chokers: While depicting Jodha Bai, Aishwarya Rai conquered the silver screen as a dainty yet brave princess.The elaborated chokers and linked chain Jewellery that rested like a harness was every bride’s fantasy.
By all measures, I have to admit that the kundan detailed piece of art needs some moment of admiration. Every time she walked pass the screen, I swear I couldn’t take my eyes off of her necklaces. How beautiful is the co ordinated choker with the necklace?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as seen in the movie Jodha Akbar. The choker all alone could have not done that justice as the harness necklace did. The multi layered necklace studded with gems is true elegance. Can anyone ignore the beauty of this enchanted Rajput Princess ?
7) Chandelier earrings: This one comes straight from the text books of history. While I was searching for some paintings of the Queens and Princesses, I couldn’t help but realise that almost all of them were portrayed wearing chandelier earrings. While these look too heavy, actually they are supported on the hair and sometimes head. Mostly these we made with fine pearls beaded into multiple strands.
8) Pazeb: Similar to payal or anklet as we call it, pazeb are strands of fine chain usually intricate to make a thick band around the ankle. The signs of a true princess, these jewelled ornaments were meant to decorate the dainty feet. In the movie Laila Majnu (1979) Ranjeeta Kaur who starred as Laila danced off with the prettiest pazeb studded with jewels in the song “Iss reshami pazebWhile Meena Kumari showed off her delicate feet wrapped around with pazeb in the movie Pakeezah, it could give most of us complex in this ear.
Dia Mirza recreates Meena Kumari’s Pakeezah Photographs for Harper’s Bazaar shoot.This one’s from my Eid ootd post. The kundan paasa and hoop nose ring, both were from my recent trip to Manali. The off white anarkali with gold embroidery detail needed no more dazzle. The idea was to show you guys how exquisite jewellery can transform a simple outfit. Find this post here
I can’t really imagine how exactly these jewellery must be stored those days in the royal treasure. God knows how many soldiers guarded the box in which lay a satin red silk cocooning the rarest of rare emeralds, rubies, pearls and diamonds. The work of craftsmen who detailed every corner and inch of these, truly a Royal era !
Well, if you are in search for some exquisite royal jewellery like these then you must visit the Times Glamour which will be held on 19-20-21st August 2016 at Sahara Star Hotel, Vile Parle. You also need to know that it’s one of the oldest and rarest exhibition which displays an array and variety of jewellery all under one roof ! Don’t miss out on this opportunity as its not always that we find the leading and trending brands all at one place. You can read more about jewellery on their blog Don’t forget to check their facebook page
Hope you guys liked this journey through time. I will be back soon with a Youtube Video. Stay Gorgeous my lovelies XOXO