JEWELRY CURIOSITIES AT INDIAN WEDDINGS
Jewelry in Indian weddings, have a very different meaning and reason than we can have in the West. In this article we will look at some of the customs, aspects and curiosities that decorate weddings in this vast sub-continent and how they develop within the lives of the people who are part of this society.
India is one of the most populated countries in the world, and at the same time one of the most visited, due to its historical richness and high cultural level that each region of the country is home to, even if you want to take a vacation in this vast territory, you must set specific days to visit different areas in a planned tour.
One of the main objectives of travelers visiting India is to climb the Himalayas, located in the Himachal Pradesh. If you are one of those who like adventure and nature, you should not miss this unique experience.If we talk about culture and customs, India is a place with a millennial history, where people have learned to live attached to generations and generations of customs.
One of the most atypical examples of their customs is the greeting, which is expressed by saying the word Namaste as they join hands in front of the chest, under the cheeks; between a man and a woman in this region it is improper to hug or shake hands, not being so in the case of the same sex, it is common in this country to see two men walking with their hands held, which would be rare in any region of Europe or America.
Marriages in India
The subject of marriage is another of the rare customs inculcated in this region, marriages are arranged by the bride and groom family, marriages are arranged between people of the same caste and similar status of life, social and economic status.
IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE BRIDE’S FAMILY TO PROVIDE THE GROOM’S FAMILY WITH SOME DOWRY, FOR THIS SOCIETY WHAT LOVE IS, IS GENERATED OR BORN AFTER MARRIAGE.
This process is known as arranged or arranged marriages and depending on the area of the country this custom could have several variants, where they tended to choose candidates to take a hand in marriage, or situations where the “bride” offered praise and details to the previously chosen “prospect or groom”.
As for divorce, in India, marriage is understood to be lifelong and the divorce rate is extremely low, with only 1% of marriages in India ending in divorce, compared to over 46% in the United States, although the divorce rate in India seems to be increasing, despite being a low percentage, many divorces in India are carried out by agreements between both sides (husband and wife), to maintain social status or to establish points between families around the couple.
On the other hand, on a deeper note, it is important to keep the hymen intact until marriage in India, since it is associated with the spiritual purity that a woman must keep for her husband, but beyond the religious issue, there is also social pressure to keep it, because it is believed that the bride’s family is at stake when she gives the honour to a virgin in marriage.
Many husbands mistakenly think that if a woman does not bleed during her first sexual experience it is because she is not a virgin. They therefore order medical tests that are demeaning to young women.
Jewelry at Indian Weddings
The absence of jewelry in Indian weddings, is like drawing to the life of the bride appearance. Indian brides are always very particular about their wedding ensemble, particularly the Lehenga wedding or bridal sari. But any bridal gown will still be incomplete without the proper outfit that would complete the sparkling gold jewelry look of the Indian wedding always plays a perfect role in enhancing the bride’s appearance by adorning the top down in elegant ornaments.
In many parts of India, jewelry is denoted as a status symbol. A special tradition is given when mothers spend their jewelry at Indian weddings, spending part of their jewelry inheritance on the nuptials of their daughters and daughter in-laws, as the auspicious custom. Since last decade, Indian jewelry has gained its popularity in the Indian fashion industry.
Abroad is seen immense improvement and advancement of jewelry garments used in Indian weddings, where jewelry designers are using special type of materials to make each piece unique and exclusive so that it can be appreciated by the bride throughout her life.
Variety of materials
Different materials require special types of metallic finishes, offering a perfect look with jewelry for Indian weddings. More popular types of finishes are brushed, hammered, satin or matte and enamel finishes. Fine jewelry, polished finish is the most popular in jewelry at Indian weddings and adds shine to the pieces of jewelry that make the assortments look highly reflective.
Although satin or matte jewels offer less shine and reflection and are embedded with precious multicolored and semi-precious stones. Polished finish presents a textured appearance leaving a scrub effect stroke effect and hammered or embossed finish is used to give a distinctive wavy texture to jewelry ornaments.
In conclusion, jewelry is part of the daily life of people in India, being a continent known for its strong cultural roots, it tends to have a much deeper meaning for jewelry than just fashion, from spiritual meanings to showing status, jewelry is very much present in this society and above all jewelry cannot be missing from Indian weddings.
Depending on what type of jewelry you wear, you can send a message to people who detail your appearance, preserving purity or individuality and so both men and women are able to not only demonstrate their fashion sense (despite their culture many women still wear jewelry for fashionable purposes) or highlight their cultural roots.