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Indian Jewellery Traditions - Artistic and Opulent Mughal Jewellery

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.

 
    
Most mughal jewellery was crafted using the delicate art of enamelling and gem encrustation or kundan. Color and motifs were the focal point of their jewellery. Geometric designs were repeated and motifs of creepers, flowers, birds and foliage were used abundantly . Large floral motifs with gem centers were common.The techniques used demanded great attention to detail.
   

   
In the  'NAZAQAT' collection you will find Silver Jewellery inspired by the same Mughal aesthetics.Browse here

3 Responses

tanvi
tanvi

October 18, 2018

Mughal jewelry is really fascinating, designs are also attractive.

vikku
vikku

October 18, 2018

There is a very famous painting which described Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan sits with his young son Dara Shikoh, holding a red gem in his right hand. This intergenerational portrait illustrates the important Indian tradition of transferring gems among family members. Jewels are among the most important possessions in an estate and, when inherited, they are usually remounted or set by the recipient. Now buying a rare gem is next to impossible most of the time a person doesn’t know its authenticity only and price is super inflated. one need to buy in installments.

Linda
Linda

November 07, 2017

Nice

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