(A model sporting beautiful jhumkas on her ears; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
As tradition would have it, the ears of Indian children are pierced at an infantile age; in fact, it is considered a major sacrament in the Hindu Dharma called “karnavedha”; as good as a rite of passage and it is one that is usually carried out ceremonially (in the stricter households) within the first 5 years of the child’s life. This ritual, in particular, is considered important mainly because of the belief that sacred sounds can be then heard in order to purify the mind of the individual.
(Beautiful stud earrings; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
Girls, in particular, have their ear lobes pierced with tiny stud sitting pretty on them or little dangling earrings. The ritual isn’t as prevalent where boys are concerned, anymore; not to say that ear piercings don’t factor in style statements or personal preferences among adult or teenage males, the prevalence speaks directly to the ceremonial custom.
(Blogger sporting a lovely pair of earrings; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
Having established the significance of ear piercings in the Indian culture we can move on to their place in the bridal trousseau. Earrings are a piece of jewellery, the absence of which would be felt without fail! The ears, unadorned, especially for any celebratory occasion, much less a wedding; would draw attention and curiosity, it would never pass as “no big deal.” Earrings form yet another essential item to speak of a person’s status and standing in society.
(A stunning pair of dangling beauties; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
Women choose to adorn their earlobes with various types of earrings. Studs, for example, can be simple or intricate but they don’t dangle and are limited to the lobe.
Jhumkas are classic and will seemingly never go out of style, they’ll simply keep evolving from just the one to tiered.
Latkans are yet another lovely fashion statement, long, dangly and they go swish-swish with every movement of the head.
You have the ear cuffs which seem to be all the rage these days and we’re not just talking bridal accessories.
The Kashmiri Dejhoor style has the earrings in question dangling from the earlobe and attached to them is a quaint chain that goes over the ear to hang behind the lobe quiet elegantly; almost like a pleasant surprise.
You have your drop earrings and your chandelier style earrings; don’t forget about your hoops and baalis.
There are the Kaan chains as well for the demure yet traditional bride who’d prefer to play it safe rather than sorry with the chain that links your earrings to your hair, pinned down without a worry!
(Two gorgeous pairs of earrings in gold and studded with beautiful gems; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
With all of these options, it’s pretty safe to say every bride can choose to keep it simple yet stylish or go all out traditional without sticking to the current trend. So many styles and all for the taking.