Wedding Jewellery 101: Top 7 Maharashtrian Traditional Jewelry Ideas for Brides and Grooms

Maharashtrian Traditional Jewelry Ideas

Just imagine being dressed in a beautiful yellow saree with a golden border, with the hair made into a bun and then decorated with beautiful pear ornaments and gajra. It makes for a stunning and gorgeous Maharashtrian Bride. There is nothing like other Indian communities. The bride has to wear a bright red saree with proper traditional Paithani, which are in very typical colours like golden yellow, leaf green, or aubergine.

Other than the attractive sunshine yellow of the saree, what makes the bride apart is the traditional Maharashtrian ornaments.

Maharashtrians typically prefer blending their jewellery with pearls and gold. They also refer to the grooms’ jewellery during the wedding, making them look more handsome and stylish.

Som on that note, here are the top 7 Maharashtrian Traditional Jewelry ideas for both the brides and grooms. 

1. Mundavalya 

It is a unisex jewellery piece that both bride and groom can wear. It is a string of pearls that are tired horizontally across the forehead from the temple. They also have two more pearl loans that typically drop from either side of the forehead to shoulder, making a beautiful framing of the face.

The Mundavalya sometimes are also tired after the bride is ready to walk to the mandap. It symbolises that the bride is prepared to get married.

2. Kolhapuri Saaz 

Just like the name, the jewellery is from the town known as Kolhapur in Maharashtra. It is a Necklace in which many Marathi matrimony is suggestive of the women’s marital status, and the groom’s family usually gifts it.

In many Maharashtrian communities, the Kolhapuri sazz is as vital as the mangalsutra. And many women in the rural areas of Maharashtra wear it every day, even in our modern era.

This jewellery is typically made up of golden beads, also known as Jav Mani, the golden elements of leaves, petals, and many others, all-around a pendant that has a red stone in the centre and is then woven inside out with a gold wire.

Kolhapuri Saaz 

3. Nath

Nath is a piece of proper Maharashtrian bride jewellery, one of the most prominent ornaments in the Maharashtrian culture. A Nath can act as a broch for the groom to put on their groom’s wear on the big day to make their atelier look richer.

But a bride’s Nath is nothing like a standard pin or a ring-shaped pin; it is one shaped like a bow with a concoction made purely out of pearls and rubies or other gems and emeralds. The Maharashtrian Nath tends to indicate the wealth of the family. It also comes in many different shapes and styles, and depending on what region of Maharashtra, the jewellery can get modify as per your custom style Nath as well.

The Brahmani Nath is the most popular design and can get studded with Basra moti and emeralds. Like patlya and tode, the Nath also stands as the reflection of the wealth held by the family.

4. Vaaki

Vaaki is another unisex piece of jewellery that both the groom and bride can wear at the wedding. Yes, the styles of Vaaki for both girls and boys are very different. Plus, in other Maharashtrian religions, they have different names. But they are worn very similarly.

A Vaaki is an armlet in all gold that has a very major precious stone like an emerald, ruby embedded in between and adorned with mini gold chains.

People can wear them on either side of the arms or even on both arms. It depends on how comfortable people are with the Vaaki.

Vaaki

5. Haar 

Haar is another unisex piece of jewellery in Maharashtrian culture. Both the groom and the bride can wear it stylishly on the wedding day. The groom haar has a very different style and tone while Haar has more elegance and culture reflecting.

In Marathi matrimony, the bride typically wears a Lakshmi Haar. It is also very popularly known as temple jewellery. The Lakshi haar is one of the most extended jewellery pieces in the Maharashtrian culture.

It has an extensive lonely caring of the goddess Lakshmi Ji in the centre, and on the rest of the Haar, you may either see a coin-shaped or paisley-shaped gold work filling the Haar with rich culture.

The Haar reflects the goddess wealth and the significance of the Lakshmi Ji in the Haar, the mirror image of the amount of wealth and prosperity the family owns.

6. Chooda 

A Maharashtrian Chooda is entirely different from the other cultures and community that has a red chooda.

But for the Maharashtrian bride, this chooda comes in many different forms of green glass bangles, and they get paired with almost 24 karat gold pichodi bangles. The Pinchodi bangles come in various designs, and women wear them as two sets on both of the hands.

The Maharashtrian chooda has beautiful glass bangles in green which symbolises the fertility and new life ad creativity of marriage.

It is compulsory to wear these odd numbers, in different hands different numbers.

For example, 11 is one, and 13 is the other. The solid gold bangles are called patiya and have many carvings in gold kadas called the tode. They have worn alongside the green glass bangles.

The bride has to wear the chooda amidst the celebration after the Mehendi ceremony gets finished.

The groom’s family most often gifts the Patlya and today as a symbol of their financial status and image of their family.

The old tradition of Chooda had solid, heavy gold rather than intricate carvings, which the bride often preferred.

7. Bugadi

It is a very pretty little addition to the ear jewellery. The Bugadi hangs on the upper curve of the bride’s helix. It has a base of gold, and this particular Maharashtrian bride jewellery has many different types of precious and stunning stones. However, in today’s time and modernisation, jewellery has also become a style statement, and women also prefer them wearing casually as an oxidised silver piece of jewellery.

Ending Note 

All the Maharashtrian pieces of jewellery have a deep culture and tradition hidden within them. If you are looking for traditional jewellery ideas for Maharastrian wedding, then the seven mentioned above are perfect for brides and grooms. 

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