An Indian bride is exquisitely decorated in bridal jewellery from head to foot on her wedding day. Just imagining the things that she wears on just her hands and arms is enough to leave us stunned.
BiWi brings you bridal jewellery for an Indian bride’s hands and arms!
Kangans, or gold bangles, are one of the most important jewellery for a bride. An Indian bride, no matter how modern she is in outlook, always wears gold kangans on her wedding day and is often also expected to wear it on special occasions after the wedding. In some families, these gold bangles are actually handed over from one generation to the other.
Glass bangles come in all colors and varying designs. An Indian bride usually wears glass bangles in the color that matches her bridal dress. These glass bangles beautifully adorn a bride’s henna decorated hands. Shades of red, gold, and green are the popular colors for brides.
Haath phool were very popular back in the Mughal era and are now back in fashion. This piece of exquisite bridal jewellery is a multitasker because it doubles up as both a bracelet for the wrist and rings for all the five fingers. It usually has a center-piece, which is why it is known as haath phool or hand flower.
Bridal jewellery would be incomplete without rings. These delicate gold pieces studded with precious stones enhance the beauty of a bride’s hands. Apart from the engagement ring, brides prefer to wear to other rings as well carefully selecting those that perfectly complement a bride’s overall look.
Arsi is actually the ring which has taken the fashion scene by storm. These are big flat rings inspired from the Mughal era and have a small mirror in the center.
Bajuband, also called an armlet, is worn on the upper arm. A bajuband comes in various shapes and sizes. According to the preference of a bride, they can be like a thin gold chain or something elaborate with a huge center piece.
Kalire is a very traditional form of bridal jewellery and Indian brides are scarcely ever seen without it. They’re the metallic dangling pieces which are attached to a bride’s chooda. A bride and all her unmarried sisters, cousins and friends have a lot of fun with it. The kalire is first attached to the bride’s chooda and then she shakes her hands over the heads of all the unmarried girls and if a part of the kalire falls on a girl, then she is said to be the next in line to be married.