Gold in skin care and some Bengali Gold jewelry designs
By Prerana Sharma,
Gold and beauty is like â€œak sikke k do pehluâ€, they are directly related to each other. From traditions, gold has held great value in enhancing beauty. Very few girls know that Gold is also a part of Ayurveda. There are many scientific proofs about healing properties of Gold. Ayurveda says, the use of gold can cure various ailments like increasing blood circulation, making the skin glowing etc,.thats why it is also used in Chavanprash etc..
Some Benefits of Gold -
1. Do you know Gold has anti-bacterial properties, it also helps to diffuse oxygen directly into the skin (of course in a long period of time), making functioning of the body cells well and increasing the energy of the body.
2. Gold can revitalize and rejuvenate the skin along with enhancing the physical beauty.
3. Due to the polluted environment, many toxins build up in our body, UV rays of sun slows down the cell renewal process. Gold has therapeutical properties of regenerating new cells.
4. We age due to oxidation of free radicals, Gold can reverse the effect of oxidation damage to skinâ€™s cell, hence the natural ageing is slows down.. ïŠ
5. Gold also purifies the skin by removing the toxins from the body. It increases blood circulation in the body and stimulate the Lymphatic drainage systems of body so that the wastes and toxins are eliminated from body smoothly..
Some Traditional Bengali Gold Jewelry
There are 2things to identify a married Bengali lady, one is her cotton saris and 2nd is Sakha-Pola in her hand. Sakha is basically white bangle made up of Shankh in different designs and pola is red bangle symbolizing color of â€˜suhaggâ€™
Wearing Sakha-Pola for a Bengali lady is must, ya many ladies are there who do not wear them just coz of their own choice but majority of Bengalis take proud to wear Sakha-polas. For daily wear, ladies wear simple Sakha-Pola, but for special occasions, they were special Sakhas and Polas embedded Gold in them in different designs (called as Shona badhano Sakha-Pola)..The above pic of Sakha-Pola is one of them..
Take a close lok at my Polas..
This is called a â€œMenakari Necklaceâ€ (Below)
Special color is used to paint on the surface of gold ornament. This enamel is permanent on the gold and looks fabulous in comparison to simple gold jewelry. Since the color is very expensive, Menakari jewelry are costly too..
This is a traditional necklace I got from my sasu-ma at the time of my engagement.
These type of designs are coming from traditionsâ€¦beautifully crafted which is capable to fill up whole neck area but the only drawback of these necklace is it can be worn only occasionally !
In Bengali culture there is no custom of wearing â€œMangalsutraâ€ after marriage like other Indian ladies, those who like it personally, wears it but normally Bengali ladies are not bound to wear a mangalsutra. So for those who like to wear a mangalsutra just for beauty, there is a slight modification in Bengal and instead of black mala, ladies here wear mangalsutra in different coloured malas. Here are few mangalsutra which I have in white, red and maroon mala..
Well kangan is a thing which is worn by ladies all over the country, but these particular kangan of me is crafted in typical Bengali design, thatâ€™s why I decided to include it here..
This is a Shona badhano Loha, that is, a thin iron bangle wrapped up in Gold. In Bengali culture, ladies have to keep some sort of iron piece touching their body all the time right after their Haldi Ceramony (during marriage). So to Glam up the boring black iron kada, it is wrapped up in Gold and given different shapes like kangan..Modern girls who donâ€™t wear sakha-polas, never miss to wear sona badhano loha..
This is a gold bracelet which I wear with western outfits..again a touch of tradition with Om, Swastik sign and bel patra hangings..
This earring is different from any normal earring as the normal one hangs on the pinna of the ear where as this earring named as â€œKaan earringâ€ covers the whole ear. This design is specially made with a Bengali traditional touch and is worn my brides mostly during their marriage..
Below are few earrings for daily / semi-occasional wear..
These are few finger rings purchased from West Bengalâ€™s jewelry shop, so they have a typical Bengali touch, can u figure out the difference with any modern jewelry design??
In this article I have included the pictures of those ornaments which according to me had a typical Bengali design, since different cultures of nation are merging and designs of one state are no longer a subject of copy right of that particular province, many of the above ornaments may not look traditional to you, so plz forgive me for that. I tried my level best to sort out Bengali Traditional Jewelry from my stock for you as much as I couldâ€¦
Hope you liked my design
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