The History of Indian Jewellery: 5000 Years and Counting

In order to know the history of jewellery in India I must take you back to the history of the since both of them are almost similar in terms of their birth. In fact India is the first country in all of Asia to have started making and wearing Jewellery.  Approximately, 5000 years ago people of the country started developing inquisitiveness about the way they can improve their appearance by wearing fine jewellery. Almost unsurprisingly it worked like a charm and people in India started adorning themselves with metals and precious stones, especially women. In India one will seldom or almost never encounter a woman who does not like to adorn herself with jewelry.

Indus Valley: The place where it all began

Around 5000 years ago, India was the largest producer and exporter of beads. She was the first country to invent the diamond drill and later on the technique of mining the diamonds with the help of this drill was taught to the Roman people. The jewellery experts of the civilization made use of gold and some less precious stones like turquoise, agate, and carnelian and turned them into tubular looking items giving them a pattern of some sort.

The individuals belonging to this civilization are considered to be very sophisticated which was determined by the fact that the jewellery they wore was extremely well engineered with a great sense of aesthetics.

Mughals and their relation with the jewellery

During the time of Mughals in India the artists belonging to the community drastically improvised in the art of making jewellery. The engraving of precious stones in  metals was a technique developed by the mughal artists.

Jewellery in India- More than just a mere piece of embellishment  

Jewellery in India is just not a piece of precious metal and diamonds that one uses for adorning oneself, rather it is considered to be a security which can be made use of in the times of financial crisis. The number of precious items owned by an individual almost defines the status and is perceived as richer than someone who owns less jewellery.

Over the years jewellery making which is considered an art in this country has seen tremendous evolution. The unique designs and the intricate attention to minute details put forth by the craftsmen while making it is what beautifies it.


Modern day trend

The old age tradition of ornamenting oneself with precious stones and metals has become very popular in the contemporary era. Today jewellery is not just limited to gold or diamonds, rather it is worn in so many different forms and made with many other precious metals apart from gold i.e. silver, platinum, pearl etc. In fact people have started wearing jewellery with different colour of gold i.e. white coloured gold and rose coloured gold.

The skill of creating decorative fine jewellery, with great intricacy has been a in the DNA of the country throughout its existence. The reason behind the industry flourishing so much is somewhere because of the importance and remuneration given by the kings to the artists who were a part of it.


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