India has a rich and varied heritage of jewellery design. In Indian society , jewellery is not meant for adornment alone. Imparting protection to the wearer has been and still is an important function.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than in 'Navratna Jewellery ' - meaning jewellery made up of a combination of "nine gems". Jewellery created in this style has important cultural significance in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.
Navratna Jewellery is recognised as sacred and royal in almost all the countries of Asia, regardless of religious and cultural differences.
According to Hindu astrology, life on earth is influenced by the navagrahas, or nine influencers. The placement of the navagrahas in one's horoscope supposedly has an influence throughout an individual's life. Wearing the nine gems is said to provide an astrological balance and benefit to the wearer. Navratna jewellery brings harmony between man and the planets that are believed to control his destiny.
The placement of gemstones in Navratna jewellery follows a set pattern. A ruby (representing the Sun) is always in the center, surrounded (clockwise from the top) by a diamond (for Shukra or Venus), a natural pearl (for Chandra or Moon), red coral (for Mangala or Mars), hessonite (for Rahu, the ascending lunar node), a blue sapphire for Shani (Saturn),cat's eye (for Ketu , the descending lunar node), a yellow sapphire (for Brahaspati or Jupiter) and an emerald (for Budha or Mercury).
The supposed astrological benefit of wearing gems has not been scientifically quantified, yet it has been practiced by men and women since ages.
In KO's latest collection we offer a range of Sterling Silver handcrafted Navratna Temple Jewellery in unique designs. Crafted using Natural Pearl, Cat's Eye, Garnet, Recreated Coral and Zircon, the pieces in this collection are a feast for the eyes.
Some of the pieces like the Ashtalakshmi Necklace, Gandaberunda Pendant Set, Avaroha Earrings combine motifs from antique temple jewellery - like Lakshmi, Makara with Navratna gemstones. Crafted with great skill and designed with utmost care it has taken us four months to create this bespoke collection.
Mughal Jewellery constitutes one of the major forms of the Indian Jewellery tradition. Originating in the 16th century , it reached its zenith in 18th century under emperors like Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. The opulence of Mughal jewellery has to be seen to be believed. The level of sophistication in jewellery-making techniques achieved in this period was unparallelled.
As historian William Dalrymple writes " The Mughals perhaps more than any other Islamic Dynasty, made their love of the arts, their aesthetic principles, a central part of their identity as rulers". As with all other aspects of Mughal culture, their jewellery style was a hybrid of Indian and Persian influences. The native jewellery techniques of Rajasthan contributed a great deal to the formation of this style.
Glass and silver is not a combination that everyone knows of. It's hard to imagine how they go together if you are yet to see glass encrusted silver jewellery. If you haven't seen how glass goes with silver, take a look at our latest arrivals. If you are familiar with such silver jewellery, here's your chance to order some of the best designs carefully handpicked by us. If you are wondering how come this unlikely union happened, then read on.
Glass has been used to decorate jewellery from ancient times.The technique of using glass inlay in jewellery is very similar to that of mirror work used in architecture. It serves a similar purpose in both, as it brings in light.
Glass encrusted silver jewellery made in India was a result of Central Asian influence where it was widely used in jewellery. Under Mughal influence glass-worked jewellery became extremely popular. Hyderabad in Sindh, Pakistan and Muradabad in Delhi were famous for their glass-work. The popularity of glass-work jewellery can also be attributed to its low cost.
Coloured glass brings in depth and range to silver jewellery without the use of expensive gems. This is also one reason why tribal jewellery in northern India displays the best
use of glass in jewellery.
In this week's new arrivals we showcase 'hook' jhumkas, earrings and a necklace in Sterling Silver (92.5%) decorated with mirror and coloured glass. Easy to wear these pieces make great accessories that can be paired with a variety of outfits.
These gorgeous pictures are of Nilu, a fashion model and blogger. She is wearing KO's Silver Jewellery here.
KO has a unique relationship with women, which goes beyond jewellery. We strive to make our designs as unique as the women who wear them and hence they are all handcrafted. KO leans towards employing women, right from the women who handcraft the jewellery. More than 80% of our workforce comprises of women.
Naturally, we are happy to see our jewellery being worn by this amazing and highly individualistic girl, who speaks her mind. The blog in which she is wearing our jewellery, Nilu is discussing identity and perceptions. Read her blog here.
The preference for Gold or Silver has a long history.Some just love the shine of Gold while for some Silver is what appeals. But why take sides when you can have the best of both? Two-tone jewellery or jewellery with both Silver and Gold tones is beautiful and chic.
It is the perfect complement to both your silver and gold accessories!
Once upon a time jewelry-wearing required choosing either all gold or all silver. If you wore a silver necklace with a purse that had gold hardware, it was a huge no. But the hottest trend today is metal-mixing — pairing burnished gunmetal with bright yellow gold , pale rose gold with oxidized silver, rhodium with copper. Now it’s actually way cuter (and trendy) to actually mix different metal tones to create a unique and stylish look overall.
The look can be seen stacked as bangles, layered as neck chains, dangling from ears — often with multiple metals appearing on the same piece.``There are no rules in terms of metals anymore" as one fashion icon puts it.
Metal-mixing is definitely fashionable. The many-metals aesthetic (which first gained popularity between 1935 and 1950) has persisted. Today, it's more present than ever — in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings alike.
At KO we offer a range of Sterling Silver (92.5%) Jewellery in the Two-Tone Gold/Silver finish.Right from trendy lightweight earrings (perfect for a casual outing) to ornate jhumkas in big size as well as small.We even have pendants with the Two-Tone finish. Click on the collection of Two-Tone Jewellery to view all these pieces in one place (http://thekojewelleryshop.com/collections/two-tone-silver-jewelry-gold-plating).
Creating Two-Tone Jewellery requires skill and expertise , usually the part that is to be Silver-toned is covered with special glue and the entire piece is gold-dipped. Then the glue is removed carefully and the silver part is polished or oxidized depending on what kind of look is desired.
So go ahead and mix and match your way to a fabulous work style that you can rock at the office or out with the girls.Mixing silver and gold is gorgeous when you do it well. It is also an avante-garde and attention-grabbing way of accessorizing your look.
Many of you have admired, appreciated and sometimes even been annoyed with the names of our products. But do you know that we put a lot of effort into naming each and everyone of our beautiful handmade silver jewellery pieces so that each one has a distinct name and not just a product code.
For example Atyuha, Mayil, Lasaka, Kalapin ,Kumaravahin, Ahirupu , Barha, Galavrata, Barhin, Zikhin, Anulasya, Ahirupu, Kajjara ,Kundalin, Mayura, Maruka, Nartaka, Ahibhuj, Neelakanta, Maruka, Sadhrata, Kundalin, Vanini, Zikhin all mean peacock in Sanskrit while Tavus is Turkish for peacock, Mor is peacock in Hindi and Navilu means peacock in Kannada. And these are our chosen names for our ever popular peacock motif silver jewellery.
The Vanini Silver Peacock Bracelet
The Mayil Silver Peacock Earrings
Suka, Pakhi both mean parrot and the Suka pendant, Jhumka as well as the Pakhi Earrings, Jhumka and Bangle have parrot motifs on them.
Our collection of Silver Jewellery with `Ganesha and Divinity’ all carry profound names . Akhuratha, Avaneesh, Alampata, Chaturbhuj,Eshanputra, Manomay, Gaja, Tarun, Avighna, Alampata, Varaprada, Gunina,Gajavakra,Haridra,
Aryahi, Annika, Ekaa, Kalika are all names of the mighty Godess Durga.
Godess Laxmi who figures prominently in our Silver Temple Jewellery Collection is known by various names which are used for our jewellery like Pragya, Kamakshi, Deeptha, Paramaa, Pratha, Aroopa, Mahakanya, Bhairavi and Aparajita.
Those pieces which feature Lord Krishna are named Avyukta, Saket, Mohana all different names of the same God.
|The Vrttanta Silver Earrings||The GajaLakshmi Silver Nakkasi Pendant|
Some of our products are also named on the basis of the gemstones used like Zukti, Mauktika, Meghaja, Rasopala and Induratna which mean Pearl while Manikya means Ruby.
The Colours used in the product also influence the names , for example Alaktha means red, Shwetha means White and Nila, Nilavarna means dark or blue. Lohita and Rudhira also mean red, Swarna signifies Gold, Ujjal denotes bright. We also have the very popular Varna jhumka, and varna means colour while Vivarna means `filled with colours’.
Not just colours our names are also inspired by the shape of the jewellery. The Varga bracelet, earrings,necklace all carry an unusual square shape and are named so because Varga means Square in Sanskrit.
Amra, Rasala, Rajaphala, Makanda all denote the Paisley or mango shape and so is used to name many pieces that carry this lovely shape. Vartula and Mandala both mean round ,so we have the Mandala pendant and Vartula Jhumka.
Our collection of Antique Coin Jewellery also uses ancient Sanskrit words like Pana, Niska, Rupika which all mean coins.
|The Rasala Manga Malai Silver Necklace||The Varga Silver Nakkasi Pendant|
So the next time you pick up something from KO and wear it, revel in the beautiful and unique name of the piece as our products have an identity of their own and not just a product code.
Have suggestions for new names? Please post a comment and you might just see a product name inspired by your comment!