Just like in any other Indian wedding, jewellery holds a special place in a Karnataka bride’s wedding trousseau. Abounding with cultural significance, a piece of jewellery given by the groom’s family marks the bride’s entry into her new life. Layered gold necklaces brimming with rubies and emeralds, necklaces embossed or repousséd with goddess Laxmi or nature- inspired motifs, bejewelled armlets like the vanki, green and gold bangles, hair ornaments like the thalaikuchchu and the jadai bangara – all take pride of place on the gleaming bride who is dressed like a royal princess. ADORN showcases some exquisite heritage bridal jewellery that captures the essence of a true Karnataka bride.
All Jewellery | GANJAM, INDIA
Illustration | SWAPNIL REDKAR