25 Beautiful Bengali Jewellery Designs

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25 Beautiful Bengali Jewellery Designs

 

The state of West Bengal has always taken pride in its culture which is evident through the cuisine, art and craft, music and lifestyle of people living here. The attires and the jewellery items also reflect the tradition of Bengal. And gold is one of the most prominent metals used for carving jewellery items of Bengal. Weddings and other occasions are the best places where you can see a huge array of Bengali jewellery of latest as well as antique designs. This is because Bengalis believe that prosperity and happiness thrive in gold. Bengali brides wear a lot of gold especially during the marriage ceremony and continue to wear some of them all through their lives like “Sankha”, “Pola” and “Noa”. Here is a list of 25 exquisite designs that you can find in Bengali jewellery pieces.

While not all the jewellery items in the Bengali culture are made from gold, majority jewels feature gold in them. There are others that are made from ivory, silver and other lesser known metals for jewellery.

Gold Bangle with Wax Filling:

 This particular gold based bangle is unique as it is filled with wax. Gold is mostly soft and highly malleable in nature. The wax is added to provide extra strength and durability to the bangle. Married Bengali women wear these bangles on daily basis to maintain tradition. It is known as ‘Gaala bhora bala’ in Bengali.

gold bangle wax filling

Price- INR 6800

gold bangle for women

Sculptured Gold Bracelets:

In Bengal, art and craft hold great importance. Use of sculpture is evident in almost all facets of life including jewellery. Gold bracelets with sculptures or old paintings are called ‘Chur’ among Bengalis. Both unmarried girls and married women can wear this gold bracelet variety.

bracelet jewellery

Price- INR 2868

sculptured gold bracelets

‘Chur’ Designs are Exquisite in Nature

The ‘Half Cut’ Bangle:

This gold based bangle is called ‘Bauti’ in Bengali and its design is such that the bangle is actually ‘half-cut’ instead of a full bangle. This design reduces the amount of gold used in making the bangle. They are cost-effective and apt for regular use (by married Bengali women).

Gold & Diamond Bangle 

half cuff bangle

Half cut bangle

‘Bauti’ is a Common Bengali Bangle

Pearls for Bangles:

Who knew that gold could be combined with pearls for designing bangles? Bengalis call it ‘Mantasha’ and this piece of jewellery is pricey as it includes original pearls and other precious or semi-precious stones in gold bangles. The designs are mostly intricate which is why they are worn mostly during special occasions.

Gold & Pearl Bangle

gold & pearl bangle

pearl bangle

Buying ‘Mantasha’ is an Expensive Affair

Gold Bangles with Cut Design:

This type of gold bangle uses a special ‘cut’ design known as ’Beloyari’ in Bengali. The bangle is called ‘Beloyari Churi’ among Bengalis. The inspiring design led to gold craftsmen in Bengal to carve gold bangles incorporating them for the women folk of this region.

Golden Cut Bangles

golden bangles

cut design gold bangle

‘Beloyari’ Bangles Reflect Artistic Excellence

Gold on Iron:

The Bengali tradition dictates a Hindu married woman to wear iron bangle on her ‘left’ hand. This is also believed to promote the husband’s well-being. These days gold is embedded in iron bangles know as ‘Shona Bandhano Loha’ or “Noa” in Bengali and is commonly sighted among Bengali married women as part of the ritual. This along with “Sankha” and “Pola” forms the jewellery for married Bengali ladies.

Gold Palted Iron Bangle

gold bangle iron base

gold on iron bangle

Gold ‘embedded’ Bangles offer diversity from Traditional Iron Ones

‘Kankan’:

Bangles can be crafted in metals like silver and gold. Thick gold or silver bangles worn by Bengali married women are called ‘Kankan’. These are auspicious bangles that feature exquisite designs at end points.

Exquisite Design Bangle

cut bangle design

kankan bengali jewel

‘Kankan’ is Auspicious for a Bengali Married Woman

Conch Shell with Gold:

‘Sannkha Pola’ are conch shell based bangles mandatory for Bengali married women to wear. These days with the modernization of the traditional conch shell bangles craftsmen have started using gold on these bangles. This new form of conch shell bangles is called ‘Shona Bandhano Sannkha-Pola’. Amazing gold designs on the conch shelled and red lac based bangles are common in Bengali weddings.

Ivory Gold Bangle

 ivory gold bangle

conch shell with gold

Conch Shell Bangles with Fascinating Gold Work

‘Ratnachur’:

This ornament has its origins in the Mughal times. The traditional ‘ratnachur’ comprises of five finger rings that are attached to an armlet. The connecting area usually contains designs of lotus, sun or moon. However, women in Bengali and other Hindu marriages today use the more updated designs of this ornament.

Studded Ratnachur

RATNACHUR

 

ratnachur bengali jewel

A Modern Version of ‘Ratnachur’

The ‘Flower Motif’ Chain:

This is gold based chain which is termed as ‘Bokul Mala’ in Bengali. ‘Bokul’ is a prominent flower found in this region and this flower inspires the design of this gold chain. Married Bengali women wear this chain on regular basis.

Motif Gold Chain

floral gold chain

‘Bokul Mala’ is a Usual Gold Chain Worn by Bengali Women

The ‘Menakari’ Necklace:

This necklace is made from gold but its unique feature is the use of ‘special colours’ for painting the ornament. The enamel used for colouring the gold ornament is permanent in nature and adds to the beauty of the jewellery piece. They are among the more expensive jewellery items.

Meenakari Necklace

golden meenakari necklace

 

 

menakari necklace

‘Menakari’ Jewellery Use Colour in Gold for Added Attraction

The Choker:

Choker is usually a wide-neck jewellery item which features studded stones like diamonds. It is also known as ‘chik’ in the colloquial language. Craftsmen can incorporate semi-precious or precious stones to make this necklace extra glamorous. Bengali women wear such jewellery pieces to special occasions like weddings and parties.

Choker Necklace 

choker necklace

choker bengali design

Chokers are in Rage among Bengali Women

The ‘Muff’ Chain:

This is another jewellery belonging to the Bengali culture. It comes in length and design variety. And muff chains are mostly made from gold as Bengalis love this precious metal. This is also given to the Bengali grooms as a part of their wedding gifts.

muff chain bengali design

Muff Chains are Available in Variety of Designs

‘Pancha’ or ‘Sapta Lahiri’:

This popular necklace is worn by both married and unmarried Bengali women. It includes 5-7 strands that have stones studded in them. The name ‘Sapta’ means 7 which is why this necklace is called so.

saptha lahri bengali jewel

Bengal Women pair ‘Sapta Lahiri’ with Sari

Silver Necklace:

Bengali Muslim women prefer to wear silver more than gold although they have no inhibitions for this metal. ‘Hunsuli’ is a popular sliver necklace that Bengali Muslim women wear these days. Fine and delicate craftsmanship is displayed through this necklace.

Silver Jewellery

silver jewellery

silver necklace

Muslim Women in Bengal prefer ‘Hunsuli’ over Gold

‘Mangalsutra’ for Bengalis:

Bengali Culture gives no room to the use of ‘Mangalsutra’ for married women but with the initiation of mixed marriages, this marriage symbol has gained fame among Bengali married women. They are available in various coloured stones, with the black coloured stones are predominant in any design of ‘mangalsutra’.

Golden Alloy Mangalsutra

 

bengali mangalsutra

‘Mangalsutra’ Comes in Variety of Designs Today

Gold Based ‘Tabiz’:

Used more among the Hindus and Muslims in Bengal, this jewellery is religion-centric and is unisexual in nature. Gold and silver based ‘baju’, ‘tagaa’ and ‘tabiz’ with hollow centre are traditionally worn by both men and women in Bengal.

gold tabiz bengali jewelry

‘Tabiz’ is Religiously Significant Jewellery Piece

Flowers For The Ears:

Also known as ‘Phooler top’ among Bengali women, this gold based ear stud is worn by girls as well as married women in Bengal. The ear top or stud is shaped as a flower and has stone studding so that it can be teamed up with ethnic as well as western outfits. Bigger versions of this earring is called “Pasha”.

flower earrings

Flower Tops Makes One Appear Slimmer

Traditional Gold for Ears:

The importance of traditional earrings in gold cannot be undermined. These have intricate designs and are ideal for parties and other important occasions. This designs are mainly called “Jhumkos” in Bengali.

traditional gold earrings

Traditional Gold Earrings are Engaging Jewellery Items

‘Kaan’:

The term ‘kaan’ is the Bengali word for ear. This particular earring type is made out of thin layer of silver or gold in the shape of an ear. Some varieties also have precious stones embedded in them. This is also called “Kaan Bala”

kaan ear benagali jewelry

‘Kaan’ Outlines the Shape of the Ears

‘Tikli’:

This ornament adorns the forehead as the head displays ‘centre parting’ of the hair. It features pearl string and precious stones studded in silver or gold designs.

tikli benagali jewelry

Bengali Women Wear ‘Tiklis’ During Marriage Ceremony

Finger Rings:

Traditional finger rings are also commonly sighted on special occasions among Bengali women. These are made from gold and other precious and semi-precious metals studded in the ring with exquisite designs.

floral finger ring

Finger Rings Are Kept Aside for Special Occasions

The ‘Diamond’ Solitaire:

This is a more contemporary jewellery piece that Bengali married women flaunt in the present day. Solitaire is a ‘single stone’ diamond ring that is elegant and classy in its appeal.

diamond ring bengali jewelry

Solitaires Display Grace and Class

‘Payels’ for Adoration:

Bengali women love to wear ‘payel’ along with ‘toe rings’. These are chains for the ankles and come in various designs and styles. Married women prefer wearing the simpler silver based ‘payels’ or anklets for their regular use. It is called “Nupur” in Bengali.

payals anklets bengali tradition

‘Payels’ Come in Exclusive Designs

Ivory Based Jewellery:

The Bengali culture promotes the use of ivory through jewellery. Bengal women wear ivory based pendants and bangles. However, they also wear other jewellery pieces made from ivory like nose rings, hair clasps, armlets, hair pins and necklaces. These ornaments are much lighter in weight and involve intricate works of the artisans.

ivory hair accessory

Bengali Women Prefer Ivory for Adoring their Hair

Thus, these are the 25 essential Bengali jewellery designs that are evident among the masses of Bengal and have affected the present day Bengali woman’s lifestyle.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Gracious! i loved the jewellert style and must say a beautiful bengali jewellery collection. Someone who are jewellery collection must appreciate the indian jewellers and specially bengali jewellers who created this awesome collection.

  2. i liked those ivory hair clasps , would like to know where exactly the same design is available in Kolkata.

  3. Ivory is banned. Whatever now sells in the market in name of Ivory is actually made of some fake plastic thing looking like ivory. If a sellers tries to sell a product to you in a high price saying it is original ivory, then laugh at his face and tell that you know it is banned. Otherwise they will make you fool.

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