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Gold in Indian Fashion

The belief in Gold's power to purify anything it touches made gold ornaments to be worn perennially over the centuries. Ornaments often combined with precious and semi-precious gems and beads, are quite popular with both men and women in India. Indian ornaments had a traditional economic significance for women too. The ornaments constituted a daughter's inheritance from her father (Dowry) at wedding. A bride's ornaments could be a financial security throughout her life too!

Nose pin and nose ring

Both are symbols of purity & marriage, though today many unmarried Indian girls wear these as trendy-ornaments


Necklaces popular among women-folk of all ages of India, are made of a variety of materials, ranging from glass beads to gold and diamonds. Mangalyasutra, the Indian equivalent of the western wedding ring, is a special necklace worn only by married Indian women right from her wedding day till her husband’s death..


Bangles believed to be protective bands are always worn by women on the wrists as symbolic guards over their husbands. These too are today worn by women of all ages all over India, and are made of silver, gold, wood, glass, and plastic among other materials.

Ear Rings

Rings, studs and other ornaments are worn in the ears all over the country. A girl's ears may usually be pierced before her first birthday!

Finger Rings

Finger rings, toe rings and anklets are the other important ornaments. Finger rings are worn by all groups pf people; however, toe rings and anklets are still worn mostly by married women. Ornaments for the feet were normally made of silver, because gold being a 'pure' metal, was not supposed to be worn on the feet. This notion too is changing as all have started wearing gold on feet.

'Mangatika' or 'Tikli'

'Mangatika' or 'tikli' is another ornament, worn at the top of the forehead in the parting of the hair, is usually a small pendant on the end of a chain that is clasped to the hair. Traditionally a symbol of marriage, this ornament too is becoming trendy for other occasions too.

Kajal or Eyeliner

Kajal or Eyeliner is applied on baby's eyes and also as a small black dot on the forehead from six days of birth, is believed to be an 'imperfection' to protect the child from evil.


Sindoor is the big red dot on the forehead of women indicating the 'married' status of Indian Women, which also signify power, protection for her husband. Ceremoniously it is first applied by the husband as part of the wedding ceremony.
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