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Monday, November 11, 2013

Tips for Choosing Gemstones Kamar Band Girdles Mekhala Hip Ornament symbolism of Kamar Band


Hip ornament  highlighting your beautiful curves is a piece of traditional jewellery carried till today with grace,  the hip band or kamar band. A kamar band has history of Gods and Goddesses   wearing kamar bands as a piece of jewellery along with other pieces. Kings and queens wore kamar bands  and this pieces of jewellery seen even today as  a style statement when ladies with smart curves and shapely waist wear this ornament. This kamar band was a large piece of chain or ornament that went all along the waist and was hooked to the dress or saree near the waist.
Kamar Band Hip Ornament
Kamar meaning loins and Band meaning to hold is a  beautiful  large piece of chain that decorates the waist. This piece of jewellery falls nearly in the centre of your body and its function is to hold the saree in place. The piece of gold or silver kamar band helps heal the sexual chakra or the  manipura chakra which corresponds with the color yellow.
Initially the kamar band piece of jewellery came into existence to hold the heavy saree , clothing worn by Godesses , Gods , Kings and Queens. The purpose of kamar band was to keep the robe in place in that style it was worn as, just like a saree is pinned this piece of jewellery worn to highlight the waist as well as hold the costume together in place.
Stone studded kamar bands look very good made in gold or silver. Traditionally the kamar band was an ornament used to hold key chains, the whole house and safe box keys and usually was transferred from mother in law to daughter in laws after marriage of their sons. This kamar bands have symbolic meaning representing transfer of responsibilities and power.
Kamar bands  are now decorated with gemstones and drop patterns and pearls. Traditionally these were flat gold or silver bands consisting of chains and now we see quiet many variations in the kamar band ornament designs.
 Half kamar bands, sleek kamar bands and single chain kamar bands can go along with any attire and work as belts for formal dresses and long flowy skirts. Gemstone studded kamar bands also go with traditional salwar kameez dress and formal knee length dresses. The purpose today of wearing kamar bands is not just for any traditional reason but they have made their place as an style statement in fashion jewellery designs and worn by celebrities and famous people.
Choosing gemstone kamar band follow some simple tips-
1) Do not go in for heavy stones and many colored gemstones while you are on the heavier side on waist and hips. Select simple semi precious gemstones first and then go in for multi colored stones in designs of your ornaments as they must not clash with your heavy dress , saree or any outfit.
2) Choose a simple sleek  kamar band or go in for half side kamar band. Chains, beaded or single line metal kamar band goes well for heavy waist line and thicker broad patterns, multi chains,  in kamar band can go well for the beautiful slim curvaceous curves.
3) If you have never worn a kamar band go in for cheaper one first instead of investing in costly gold or silver metal kamar band as this piece of jewellery is not comfortable for everyone.
4) Wear light weight metal kamar band as you do not want to increase your weight look. Silver goes off well as compared to gold for heavier bulk on waist. Always select sleek designs for the graceful look.
5) If you have a handed over heavy work kamar band with many colored gemstones and beads and multi layered  then  go in for plain silks or dresses that will highlight this beautiful piece of jewellery.
6) When you also wish to wear the key chain made of metal try to secure the kamar band well with your saree as the weight of the band is quite some and along with the keychain and keys it become more.

Hip ornament worn as fashion accessory over western outfits

7) Store kamar bands separately as the multi chains ones gets entangled easily with other ornaments and there is risk of breaking.
Now today we see funky kamar bands worn on formal dresses and skirts as well as salwar kameez as belts. Necklaces also can be worn as kamar bands in different style as also the payal or anklet can perform the same function as another piece of modification in   this jewellery. Sterling silver kamar bands studded with stones, colored minakari work, and many metals beads also form a new piece of jewellery the funky stylish kamar band.


Gemstone studded hip ornament

The multi layered har or many chains necklace, often handed over from generations with heavy gold or silver metal work  can also be worn sometimes as the kamar band so that you can wear the same ornament in different styles on different occasions. But do remember if you have a slim curve wear a kamar band as this will make you the centre of attention, but  just in case  you are heavy downside wear this ornament with caution, as this will take all eyes to the body part you don’t want them to focus on!
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Different types of Earrings Designs Symbolism and Latest Modifications in Earrings



Earrings are worn as ear ornaments and both ears or single ear pierced this pieces are the most common type or  ornament worn by women and men. Traditional mythology ear rings worn by Gods and kings were heavy and had many designs and motifs,  a simple circle round metal rings Kundala, circular earrings dehri, karna phul or flower shaped earrings, as of today we see different designs of earrings.
Gemstone  diamond earrings

Contemporary diamond   design earrings

different places ear piercings gemstone earrings

ear gold extension earrings



Traditional gemstone studded ornaments for bride




As men also wore  heavy jewellery ear rings as also queens and kings these piece of jewellery was universally accepted as piece of ornament worn by both sexes. Even present we see many movie stars wearing this ornament representing traditional culture,  we saw Salman Khan flaunting a single bali or a pair in Surily Ankhiyon Wale song of Hindi movie Veer, and men wearing single gold ear rings in one ear or both. Traditional families still carry along the tradition of men wearing ear rings. And we  see many Jain and Gujrathi men wearing traditional balis.
Ear rings and Balis worn symbolized religious sanctity and religious rituals and those men wearing these piece of ornaments were higher level and got respect, as  being royal or religious heads.  Pandits wore balis and still men from these families continue to wear ear rings even after changing their profession today.

Traditional Jhumkas

From the Muslim tradition come the beautiful dangling Jhumkas that are made of gold or silver studded with pearls and precious or semi precious gem stones. The Jhumkas have gone transformation with designs but the original concept still remains the same , a pair of  earrings that have a shape of dome or ear pendants. A must in every ladies jewellery collection the jhumkas were worn as traditional ear pieces by famous film stars in movies like Rekha wore this in Umrao Jaan as also Aishwarya Rai in the sequel of this,  and Sridevi always flaunts the jhumkas in many occasions along with pure silk kanjevarams  and the latest being Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express wearing the traditional south Indian jhumkas and Vidya Balan seen wearing traditional jewellery at every other occasion.

Traditional jewellery

Bell shaped jhumkas, umbrella shaped jhumkas a piece of jewellery worn with traditional attires. There are also jhumkas attached with chains connecting the hair above the ears. Also the maang tika along with jhumkas look good with traditional attire.
Traditional designs, hoops, danglers all types of ear rings go along with different occasions and different dresses. Bali, simple circular rings worn in ears were  the first type of ear rings worn and every lady had at least one pair of balis in their jewellery box. These balis or ear rings were  then modified with extensions as motifs of peacocks , floral, elephants, lotus flowers  or circular flowers etc. The traditional balis also has gold ghungroos or beads attached at the base  of  each earring.
Stud ear rings are only single gemstone earrings or multi studded stones in a single motif.  These are light weight small in size and  easy and comfortable ear rings for daily wear. Small baby girls are usually made to wear small gold balis, consisting of light weight metal gold or silver. As skin piercing is quite easy with soft skin babies are soon pierced for jewellery worn in ears and nose. Flat designed ear rings with stamped motifs also covering the ear lobes are in fashion as always.

elegant traditional earrings small jhumkas for ears in gold

The ear rings as jewellery pieces have gone immense modifications from the traditional balis and jhumkas. Now we  see so many different materials used to make ear rings.  Half rings, hoop ear rings all made of plastic, acrylic and mixed metals, oxidized ear rings and rhodium polished gold ear rings also look quiet cool. Diamonds still rule the part as also gold the king of metals a favorite among ladies in any type of jewellery. There are also elaborate ear rings that have gold chains attached to maang tika or hair decorations.
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