Red Banarasi saree, red lips, large red bindi, a white Mukut and traditional gold jewellery- yes, you guessed it right! That's precisely the description of a Bengali bride. Now, if you are fascinated by this whole Bong Bodhu look, you can add a little bit of Bangla touch to your bridal persona. Because when it comes to Bengali bridal jewellery, you can't but admire the graceful designs. So, what are the different kinds of Bengali bridal jewellery items and where to buy them from? Let's get you covered...head to toe for your Bengali wedding!
Shonar Mukut - The Crown
As the name suggests, a golden crown known as Shonar Mukut adorns the bride's head giving her the look of a queen. The crown is a part of Bengali bridal jewellery that you too can adopt to add a royal touch to your bridal character. The Mukut doesn't necessarily have to be of real gold and you can opt for artificial jewellery too.
Tikli and Tiara
A Tikli or a Maang Tikka is a very common Bengali bridal jewellery item. The Tikli has a large pendant at the front. A Tiara or a Matha Patti complimenting the Tikli helps to keep the veil in place while giving the face a fuller look and hiding the forehead. A Tiara can be two or three layered or with a single broad layer.
Nolok- The Nath
Like many other Indian bridal jewellery items, a Nolok or a Nath is quite a significant part of Bengali bridal jewellery too. Although it's not a mandatory piece of bridal jewellery, still many brides go for it because of its traditional elegance. A Nolok is a large nose ring with a string that goes up till the ear. Since a Nolok is just a piece of one-time wear jewellery, you can go for artificial jewellery.
Where to find them: Daulatram & Sons Jewellers (NCR), Subhangi Jewellers (Kolkata), Alankar- Shreehari City gold, Shine gold, Sreehari (Kolkata).
Kaan Bala, Kaan pasha & Jhumko - for your ears
Now comes the ear adornments! A Kaan Bala- a typical Bengali bridal jewellery item is an earring which is in the shape of an ear. Kaan Pasha, on the other hand, is a large gold stud with intricate designs. And finally the universal favourite Jhumko or the Jhumka -big, bold dangling earrings which are loved by brides all over the country!
Chic - The Choker
A broad choker gold necklace known as the Chick is an absolute must part of Bengali bridal jewellery. The width of a Chick usually varies between 1 to 1.5 inches and it's worn a little below the neck and just above the collar bone. The beauty of a Chick lies in its intricate designs and fine craftsmanship.
Saath Noli Haar- The Layered Necklace
When we talk about necklaces, a Saat Noli Haar is a traditional family heirloom kind of jewellery. Mothers and mothers-in-law pass them on to the next generation. Naturally, it's a majorly significant Bengali bridal jewellery item. A Saat Noli Haar is a seven-layer gold necklace which can also be a five-layered one called Paanch Noli Haar.
Ratanchur - The Hand Trinket
Commonly known as the Haath Phool, a Ratanchur is the Bengali bridal jewellery item that embellishes your hands. A Ratanchur has a large round pendant at the centre and three or four strings coming out of it and attached to rings and bangles. Since hand jewellery isn't something brides regularly wear, they usually go for either artificial or gold plated silver Ratanchur.
Chur & Bala - The Bangles
Who doesn't love their collection of bangles? So, here's your chance to add some gorgeous Bengali bridal jewellery to your bridal trousseau. Chur is a gold broad single-piece bangle worn on one hand. Sometimes it's a piece of ancestral jewellery passed on through generations. The intricate designs of a Chur are its signature. Bala or Kada as we know it is thick gold bangles usually worn in pairs.
Shakha, Pola & Noa - The Three Bridal Bangles
Shakha (Conch shell bangles), Pola (Coral bangles) and Noa (Gold plated iron bangle) these are the three absolutely fundamental parts of Bengali bridal jewellery. The Shakha is the white bangle and Pola is the red coral bangle are worn by the bride during Nandi Mukh at the wedding day. The Noa is, however, gifted to the bride by her mother in law once she enters her new home. These three bangles are supposed to be worn by brides throughout their marital life.
Nupur - The Anklet
Although sporting a Nupur or an anklet is not an essential custom, but many brides prefer to deck up their feet with this piece of Bengali bridal jewellery. A Nupur is usually made of silver or Kundan setting stones with a single string. Sometimes brides like to wear a broader anklet too with small dangling beads.
That was a 'crash course' on the names and different kinds of Bengali bridal jewellery for you! You can try mixing and matching a few things up with other kinds of jewellery too. For example, try the combination of a Bengali Mukut and Nolok with a Kasumala and Manga Malai.
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