The use of simple silver studs, rings, and earrings predominates. Common jewellery pieces such as earrings are a form of body modification, as they are accommodated by creating a small hole in the ear. Artisan jewellery continues to grow as both a hobby and a profession. With more than 17 United States periodicals about beading alone, resources, accessibility, and a low initial cost of entry continues to expand production of hand-made adornments. Many of these jewellers have embraced modern materials and techniques, as well as incorporating traditional workmanship. Jewellery had great status with India’s royalty; it was so powerful that they established laws, limiting wearing of jewellery to royalty.
- For many Indians, especially those who follow the Hindu or Jain faiths, bridal jewellery is known as streedhan and functions as personal wealth for the bride only, as a sort of financial security.
- Well-made necklaces reflect excellent craftsmanship and attractive materials.