In India jewelry means more than one thing. It can be a sign of religion, a cool fashion, or it can be worn to show that you are married. Jewelry can also mean many more things depending on what part of India you are from. “For example you can tell what part the jewelry is from, by the weight,” says Ambika Bahuguna, an immigrant from New Delhi India. In north India the chunkier the jewelry the better.
If you’re in south India the jewelry is usually light and elegant. It is very different from north India. It also depends on what religion you are in. Say you are Hindu, your jewelry will look different from a person in the Muslim religion. You might wear more or less jewelry than another person in a different religion. That is what I mean when I say that it can show your religion.
Many people do not like what is happening to the secret jewelry statements. For example the mangalsutra used to mean you were married. If it still meant that today that would mean that almost every girl was married. “Mangalsutra used to be one of the most sacred styles. Now it is a trend used by wild kids,” adds Ambika Bahuguna.
Are these changes good or bad to the elder people of the Indian culture? To some people the changes are bad, but others don’t care. Most of the people that don’t care have either been to the U.S or have lived there. In India the religion rules or acceptances are stricter.
In India women wear jewelry in their hair. They wear jewels that hang half on their face. Indian women wear very exotic jewelry. Some might call this jewelry, but some may not. Depending on how you define jewelry, a bindi could be jewelry. If jewelry to you is a way of showing a sign or decorating yourself, then a bindi is jewelry to you. But, maybe not.
A bindi is a sign of marriage. Married women wear a bindi on their forehead. A bindi can come in different designs. Some women can make a bindi with die and rice. You can also buy a bindi at an Indian store. They can look like jewels and flowers. But, they usually look like jewels. A bindi is a trend and also a sign of religion.
In some religions on wedding day 3 the man will put an ankle bracelet on the wife’s foot. That is the last time the husband should touch her foot. It is also the last time he shall see her foot. I think this is a very interesting fact. In some countries this might be ridicules.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Indian jewelry. Me personally I like learning new things about new religions. It is very interesting how life can be so different in another country. This is another thing that depends on your opinion.