Bengali Bridal Jewellery: The dazzling "bodhu"

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Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: DnA Photographix

Hello beauties.... Its been very long since my last post on Bridal Banter. Apologies :) Continuing with the essence of a beautiful Bengali bride, after the wedding saree post (Read HERE), next place is surely grabbed by the jewellery. Before I go on with this post, let me clarify one important point; something which I also mentioned in the Benaroshi Saree post: Just because I like Bengali bridal jewellery, doesn’t mean I dislike the other kinds. What irks me is the fact that, inspite of so many traditional options for jewellery designs available in the various states of India, we are now just aping the Bollywood :-/ Result? A Punjabi bride = a Bengali Bride = a Gujrati bride = an Assamese bride and so on. Opinions will differ, but I personally feel that you look your best when you stick to your traditional touch on your special day J And yes, there ARE many scopes to ‘customize’ the tradition into something you will love ;) Just ditch the flashy magazines and put on your thinking caps :D

 Moving on, as usual there was an appalling shortage of Bengali bridal jewellery designs on the internet and I found “my kind of” designs in the Facebook Page of A.Sirkar & Co Jewellers. Most of the designs you find in this post will be from them, except for a few which caught my fancy too on google (Permission has been taken from A.Sirkar & Sons to use their images). Be ready for a visual treat :D

1.  Taira & Tikli (Forehead Accessories)
Starting from the crowning glory, the Taira and Tikli would always rule a Bengali bride’s jewel assemble. The “tikli” or maangtikka, used for a traditional Bengali bridal look is generally not a kundan one. It is something with intricate gold designs like this one! I am bowled over by this design by A. Sirkar. Loving the white rice pearls dangling below.

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers


The “taira” is essentially a horizontal chain-like ornament (often stuck to the “Tikli”) which was originally used to hold the “orna” over the bride’s head. The Bengali bridal “orna”, unlike the heavy embellised dupattas of rest of India, is made of tulle or tissue fabric. To hold these lightweight veils, a taira comes in handy :) This one is from Google images.
Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: Google Images


2.  Khopa (Hair accessories)
Now this will spell “luxury” for many :)Traditional Bengali brides in the past used a pure gold net like this one to cover their “khopa” or bun and keep it in place. Additional clips (also in gold) were used to accessorize their lustrous black hair even more. Look at these awesome designs by A.Sirkar :D I still think spending on gold to look good on your special day is better than spending almost the same amount on dresses which won’t last an eternity :)
Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers



3.  Kaaner-dul (Earrings)
The traditional Bengali ear ornaments include Jhumka, Kaan Jhumka (Ear cuffs with jhumkas), kaan baala (Shaped like the commonly known chandbaali), Paasha (oversized studs) etc :)Take a look at these stunning designs by A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers again!

Complete gold jhumkas for that heavy zari “laal benaroshi” or the meenakari jhumka for the colorful sarees worn in reception party!
Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Long danglers to dazzle you regally on your day.....

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers


......or ethereal kaan baala to make you look like the perfect Bengali bride
Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers


Tired of wearing heavy jewellery? How about these exotic rose-shaped kaan-pasha which you can wear on the functions pre and post wedding?
 
Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

I tried finding the stunning kaan-jhumka on the A.Sirkar page, but sadly couldn’t find one. You might get that in their showroom :) I managed to get two designs of Kaan-jhumka from google images. I plan to wear the kaan-jhumka which my maa wore on her wedding (Its way prettier than these two! Mwahahaha)

Image Courtesy: Google Images

Image Courtesy: Google Images

4.  Nauth (Nath, Nose Ring)
Bengali brides were known to wear large gold nose rings. The legend goes, the larger the ring, the more “genteel” family the bride belonged to! Sadly, most of us do not have nose piercings these days and end up wearing smaller nose rings (or worse! No nose ring at all). There is something about a Bengali bride, a huge golden ring and red bindi which instantly gives a goddess like look to her J I am wearing one huge one for my day ;) For now, check these awesome bridal pics by DnA Photographix for some Nauth designs.These will give you an idea!







5.Haar (Necklace)
Again, the most eye-catching pieces of jewellery a bride wears is definitely the necklace. Bengalis have many kinds of traditional bridal necklaces crafted out of gold. The craftmanship of these beauties will make you go weak in the knees. The paati haar (flat designed necklaces which delicately sits on the neck), Cheek (or choker: the inch-wide neckalce with intricate designs to be worn as a collar), Sita Haar or Rani haar (The long ROYAL necklaces) etc form just a few of the myriad designs. Take a look at A.Sirkar’s fabulous craftmanship.

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers


For pre and post wedding functions you can even try out light designs like these :)

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

6.  Angtee & Maantasha
Again Google images disappointed me BIG time and I could end up with only two images. Bengali brides in traditional avatar generally prefer at least one such oversized gold ring. The other one on the left is called a Maantasha which is a kind of bracelet and which I am conveniently skipping because it is not a personal favourite :P
Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Image Courtesy: Google Images


7.  Haater Goyna (Jewellery for hands)
Here am back with all A.Sirkar designs again (what a relief!) Some of the traditional Bengali hand ornaments include Shakha-Paula (Conch shell and coral bangles), Baala, Konkon, Choor (I will be having all! Yay :D ) I also spotted a wonderful “noborotno baala” (Navratna bangle) in their collection. Check and drool ;)

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Choor and Navratna baala: Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Elegant Eves Bengali Bride
Gold studded shakha-Paula:Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers





The Bengali bride also wears kamarbandh and payel, but sadly, I could not find any designs on the net which caught my fancy L So, I shall leave you all to drool over these stunners and sigh ;)





Konkon: Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Baala: Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers

Dont Forget to check A.Sirkar & Co.Jewellers page on Facebook HERE
Ahem! Back to earth? :D So now tell me, have I managed to stir up the forgotten love for Bengali jewellery again? If yes, stop being a “me-too” and take pride in being the regal Bengali bride <3 See ya next time!

A very close friend of mine recently got married and this is her Necklace collection :D Wonderful, isn't it?

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The Shaada-Laal Paar Sharee (White saree with red border) also brings out the quintessential beauty of a Bengali bride. Here is another pic for you all from A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers which portrays the bride in full regalia! The jewels she is wearing are : Kaan baala, Choker, kamarbandh, Golap Phool pata baala (Bangles with rose leaves pattern), jhooro choori (delicately carved bangles), Shakha-Paula, Nauth, oporhaath (bajubandh) and last but DEFINITELY not the least, chaabir chhora or the gold key chain (how could I forget this!) :D Enjoy!

Bengali Bride in full gold jewellery
Bengali Bride: Image Courtesy: A.Sirkar & Co. Jewellers
 
 


P.S. Bridal pictures are taken from DnA Photographix. Check out their jaw-dropping good bridal portrait clicks in their Facebook page HERE

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