Traditional Jewellery Guide for the Maharashtrian Bride
From ornate nose rings to armbands studded with gems, the Maharashtrian bride’s jewelry reflects the essence of her culture.
Maharashtra, known for its brave warriors, rich history, and lush regions, has a distinctive vibrant and festive culture. The state’s love of color and craftsmanship can be seen in the luxurious Paithani sarees. And like the rest of India, Maharashtra too has an enduring love affair with gold, and Marathi brides are often seen wearing exquisite pieces of jewelry crafted out of this metal.
So, if you’re a bride from Maharashtra looking to flaunt a traditional look on your big day, here’s a quick jewelry guide to help you make the best choices.
One of the most standout pieces of Maharashtrian jewelry, the Brahmani Nath is crafted out of gold, pearls and beads and donned by women on auspicious or festive occasions.
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Crafted out of gold beads, the elegant and versatile Mohan Mala is worn by Maharashtrian women on special occasions and is also paired with matching earrings.
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A choker necklace crafted out of gold beads in varying sizes, the Thushi is adjustable thanks to a soft thread that can be adjusted according to the wearer’s convenience.
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Originating from the Kolhapur region in Maharashtra, the stunning Kolhapuri Saaj Necklace is usually gifted by the groom’s family to the bride, and contains 21 leaves/pendants, out of which ten depict the different forms of Lord Vishnu.
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The iconic Maharashtrian bun pin, the Ambada is a crescent-shaped jewel made of solid gold. It is also adorned with richly-hued glass enamel that adds a pop of color.
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An absolute essential in the bridal jewelry box, the mangalsutra is a sacred necklace crafted out of black and gold beads with an intricate locket made of gold or studded with gems.
Stunning in its simplicity, the Kudya are versatile ornaments that are loved by Marathi women. These statement pearl and gold earrings pair well with sarees and are worn on festive occasions too.
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An ornate ear cuff typically made from gold and adorned with kundan or colorful enamel pieces, the Kaan is a striking piece of jewellery donned by Maharashtrian women during festivals too.
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One of the most glamorous pieces in the Maharashtrian bride’s collection, the Rani Haar is an ornate necklace with three layers of pearl strings and a gem-encrusted pendant.
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A delicate gold, gem-encrusted armband which can be adjusted to suit the bride’s comfort, the Vaaki is worn only on special occasions and favored by many brides on their big day.
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Worn on the top part of the ear where Maharashtrian women are known to get piercings, the Bugadi is a pair of delicate earrings that are encrusted with vibrant gemstones and pearls.
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The signature rich green glass bangles worn by married Maharashtrian woman, the chooda is essential for every bride. However, on the big day, these glass bangles are paired with heavy gold bangles for a festive look.
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A pair of silver toe rings that are worn on the middle toe, this accessory is gifted to the bride by the mother of the groom, and symbolizes her entry into a new family.
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This signature Maharashtrian wedding ornament is sported on the forehead by both the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. Mundavlyas are typically made with dainty pearls and golden beads, and feature two strands to symbolize togetherness between a bride and groom.
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A choker necklace created with pearls and a statement gem-encrusted locket in the center, the Tanmani epitomizes grandeur.
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A must-have for a Maharashtrian woman, the tode is a pair of heavy gold bangles that feature intricate designs that go all around the bangle.
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A necklace crafted out of a silk braided patwa chord and multiple gold lockets that have the image of Goddess Lakshmi embossed on them, the Putli Haar has a special place in the Maharashtrian bride’s jewelry box.
Photo Courtesy: Reflexion by Nischay Shinde and AGG
Here’s a list of stores where you can find Maharashtrian jewelry to suit your tastes:
Waman Hari Pethe Sons
Candere (owned by Kalyan)