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Here are a few jewellery must haves for your wedding day

If you are a bride-to-be pondering about what kind of jewellery to pick for your wedding, here are a few must-haves

As a bride, whether you decide to wear a traditional kasavusari or a gorgeous Kanjeevaram, the right kind of jewellery will complete your Malayali bridal look. There are many modern designs for the bride to choose from, but Kerala has its own traditional jewellery that would complement both kasavu and Kanjeevaram saris. Traditional bridal jewellery for a Kerala bride includes a maangtikka, pavithramothiram (ring), jimiki(earrings), necklaces such as ilakkathali, poothali, mullamottumala, coin mala, paalakkamala and so on. lakshmimala, deshavatharam, paalakka bangle and bangles embellished with diamonds, precious stones and pearls are essential bridal accessories. The exquisite craftsmanship of the ornaments make these pieces a must-have for every bride in Kerala.

Photo: Bhima Jewellers

Nagapadathali: This piece defines the true blue-blood aristocracy in Kerala jewellery. It strings together motifs of serpent hoods set in glass stones, symbolising the spiritual reverence with which serpents were held in Kerala. Worn as a short necklace, this blue stone-studded chain adds a distinct charm to the bridal collection.

Paalakkamala: This is a dark green necklace made with gold, emerald, and ruby. Available in different sizes and colours, it is usually worn as a second or third chain among the several layers of necklaces for the wedding day.

Mullamottumala: Also known as jasmine bud necklace, this is a long chain made of gold along with studded stones and sometimes includes meenakari work. Brides usually wear this as a long chain in the last layer of chains.

Kasumala: All brides love to have this traditional chain as a part of their jewellery box. Several same-sized gold coins designed with the Goddess Lakshmi on them are put together to craft this stunning piece of jewellery. It is often worn as a long chain starting from the neck to the waist.

Photo: Kalyan Jewellers

Lakshmimala: The lakshmimala looks similar to the kasumala in design, but differs in aesthetics. The lakshmimala is short with a beautiful pendant of Lakshmi. It is usually used as the third or fourth chain.

Kasavumala: This is a traditional necklace of the state fashioned to resemble the zarion Kerala’s classic offwhite ensemble of mundu and neriyathu. Made of pure gold this is an apt choice for a choker or as a second necklace.

Jhumkas/jimikis: No Malayali bridal look is complete without a pair of elegant jhumkas or jimiki kammal. Jimikis are classic and are designed in gold, pearl and kundan. Available in South Indian plain gold to Kashmiri-style colourful beads and crystals— the options are aplenty.

Lead Photo: Crystalline Studio

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