Maharashtra has a cultural history and very famous traditional gold jewellery that hold a special place in every Maharashtrian bride. Maharashtrian jewellery has a beautiful history as it is passed on from the period of great Peshwas and Maratha warriors. The love for gold jewellery by every Marathi mulgi is not hidden from anyone. The traditional Maharashtrian jewellery has a unique style and is the symbol of royalty that is passed on from one generation to another. Traditional Maharashtrian gold jewellery when worn with stunning Paithani saree and chandrakor bindi, completes the look of a Marathi bride.
The newbies always look for the latest gold jewellery designs but it is the responsibility of others to educate them about the history and traditional values of the culture. Here is the list of all the traditional Maharashtrian jewellery for the newbies.
- Nath: A traditional Maharashtrian Nath is a half-curved nose ring, studded with white and pink colored pearls. Mostly, it is made of 22-Karat gold and essentially worn on every auspicious occasion of Marathi culture. It is an important gold ornament design that is to be worn by every bride in her marriage.
- Thushi: A choker-style gold necklace set crafted with golden beads that form various layers of strings. The necklace set has an adjustable string at the back which makes it easier to be worn by anyone. Thushi is available in two designs – common thushi and vajratik thushi. Common Thushi is the traditional-style necklace that is made of clustered beads made of gold. Vajratik is a bit broad and fancy looking as compared to the other ones.
- Kolhapuri Saaj: It is mostly worn by the Maharashtrian women from Kolhapur and it served the same purpose as by gold mangalsutra. This uniquely designed gold necklace set is made of 21 leaves where 10 leaves represent Lord Vishnu incarnations, 8 leaves represent happiness and prosperity, 2 leaves have stones studded in it, and the last one is the pendant that is called “Taviz” that is worn to keep away negativity and secure the bride and groom from the evil eye.
- Tode: These are the gold bangles worn by every Maharashtrian bride. There are various designs available in the market and can be customized as per the bride’s demand. The bangles are mostly made of 23 Karat gold and look very beautiful when worn with matching glass bangles.
- Chooda: These are the set of green-colored glass bangles that will be found in the hands of every Maharashtrian woman. When worn by the bride, the green bangles are mixed with tode and other gold bangles. Like the red-colored chooda of North India, these green-colored bangles symbolize fertility and success. The green bangles should be made of glass and cannot be removed by the bride up till some period after marriage. The bangles are worn in odd numbers in both hands and the rule has to be followed by every married woman in Maharashtra.
- Gold Mangalsutra: The watimani mangalsutra is a very important piece of jewellery gifted by the groom’s family to the bride in the marriage.