Punjabi Traditional Jewellery
- Matha Patti / Maang Tikka
The Maang Tikka, for a Punjabi bride, is often an oversized ornament
occupying a central position. These are generally Kundan and embellished
Maang Tikkas, though a plainer piece can also work if you are trying to rock it
with a heavy, embroidered dupatta. The difference between the two is that
Maang Tikka is basically a singular pendant that hangs from your head.
Matha Patti, On the other hand, is a little more elaborate, as with the pendant it
also has two chains for each side of the head. Both of these look equally
beautiful, and the only problem you would face is choosing between the
- Shikarpuri Nath/Laung
Usually, Punjabi Naths are of two types, one is Shikarpuri Nath and the other
is the laung. This Nath has a hoop that comes in different sizes-small,
medium and large. It is pinned to the hair with an embellished chain.
This chain very often has the same pattern which the hoop has. This
design of nath is extremely popular amongst the brides in Punjab. The
laung, On the other hand, is a stud, or a nose pin. These nose pins can be
designer pieces, or can even be gemstones studs.
Bali Earrings are prevalent traditional earrings of India. These earrings are
trending now and cherished by many ladies. Firstly, many like them since they
are versatile which goes well on ethnic as well as western outfits. You can
wear them for some occasion as well in routine. Secondly, these are available
in a variety of designs and make that looks great with varied sizes as well.
These can be made of different sorts of metals like gold or silver and
can be embellished with precious or semi-precious stones. Over the
years the design of the Bali has gotten more elaborate, but the essence
remains the same. You can opt for Chandbalis, combination Baalis (with
Jhumka accents) and hoop earrings.
A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be
made of a variety of materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, latex, leather,
metal, such as silver, gold or platinum, etc. They can be adorned in a variety
of ways, including sequins, studs, or a pendant. It is also a type of
necklace that is a part of Punjabi jewellery. The good part is that this
necklace has come back into fashion, and you can see a number of brides
sporting it on their wedding day. Based on the function that you are wearing this
piece you may either choose to go for a standalone choker necklace or
combine it with a Rani haar.
- Haath Phool
Hath Phool or hand bracelets is the ornament that is worn on the reverse
side of the palm. Hath Phool is known by various names like ring bracelet,
hand bracelet with the ring, hath panja, hath kamal, hand chain, hand harness
and slave chain. Though these are named Haath Phool, this Punjabi jewellery
is not necessarily made out of flowers. This piece brings attention to your
hands and makes them look delicate in the process. Though not all brides
wear it, a Haath Phool gives a certain elegance to a bride that can be noticed.
These are a piece of jewellery that many of us have been fascinated by
since we were toddlers. The sweet sound the Chudis made when they
knock into one another, and the different colours they come in.
These umbrella-shaped hangings are a unique combination with
the chooda, which signifies happiness for the newlyweds and eternal
love between the couple. The bride’s sisters and friends tie the kalire to
her chooda. They are golden or silver in colour. The significance is to
provide good wishes to the bride and to remind her of her cousins and
friends whom she is going to leave behind when she gets married.
Among the sweet and unforgettable memories of a Punjabi wedding, one
a ritual that holds a special position is the chooda ceremony. The Chooda
has two colours of bangles which are usually red and white, but
nowadays red can be replaced by other tones. The special thing
about the Chooda is that it not only signifies a bride, but also a newly
wedded bride, as a bride is not supposed to take her Chooda off till at
At least 40 days of her marriage.
For Indian brides, and also Punjabi, an Angoothi is not just an
engagement ring but is a beautiful piece of Punjabi jewellery, that can
have a rich history behind it. The concept of a ring is not new to the
brides of Punjab; they have their own beautiful Angoothis, which are
usually elaborate, and not quite delicate. These rings are pieces of art
that are beautifully crafted for each bride.