The Indian Hindu culture is steeped with tradition and ceremony. The Indian wedding ritual consists of a series of ceremonies, each with a special meaning. Like the ritual itself, the many pieces of jewellery worn by an Indian bride have cultural significance.
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According to the Cultural India website, the Indian bride customarily wears a headdress, known as the Maangtika, a necklace, earrings, nose ring, bangles, arm bands, rings, wrist band and an anklet.
The bride's family traditionally gives the bridal jewellery to the bride shortly before she is to be married, according to the Indian Child website.
The most common material for Indian bridal jewellery is yellow gold, though platinum or silver may also be used. According to the I Love India website, precious stones such as ruby, jade, garnet, emerald, amethyst, pearl and diamond are incorporated into the bridal jewellery.
Different regions of the country feature different jewellery customs. In North India, women wear red and green bangles up their arms. The mother of the bride gives her daughter these bangles as a symbol of her married status. According to the Indian Child website, the bangles must be worn for 40 days after the wedding.
Custom jewellery such as toe rings and gold earrings are given to the bride during the wedding ceremony to mark her transition from a bride to a wife.
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