Love for jewellery is eternal for every woman. And traditional or heirloom ornaments passed on by our grandmothers are the most precious of all. When it comes to traditional jewellery, women in Kerala have the most exquisite collection of ornaments. A Keralite bride doesn’t look her part unless adorned in a variety of traditional gold necklace designs. The intricate designs showcases the unmatched craftsmanship passed on through generations. And many such classic designs till date continue to influence modern designs.
Here is a list of the 5 finest Kerala traditional jewellery that we believe every woman in this generation should possess and flaunt with grandeur.
This is a traditional long necklace with a whole lot of gold coins assembled together. The word kasu in Malayalam means coin and maala denotes necklace. It is an example of the superior craftsmanship of the goldsmiths of Kerala.
Many things have inspired Kerala jewellery artisans like snakes, mangoes and many things that are of significant relevance in terms of religion, faith and lifestyle. This ‘leaf’ necklace with mango shaped emeralds is typically green in colour.
This is an attractive belt like jewellery adorned by women to keep the saree intact. Usually worn during weddings, Oddiyanams come in different shapes and designs. The traditional and the oldest Oddiyanam is usually designs of Indian gods or one of the favourites the manga (mango) design.
The famous bell-shaped earrings actually originated in Kerala. This Kerala jewellery patterns worn by brides in Kerala is seen as a part of temple jewellery. The most common Jhimki designs is like the ear studs in palakka (leaf), and gold-plated earring that has small hanging bells etc.
This choker like jewellery is seen at the top end of the bridal jewellery setting. It is made up of gold plates and coloured stones connected to each other with links , which makes it move and shine when worn and hence is called the elakkathali. It adds glitter and gleam to the bride’s face.