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The Timeless Jhumkas

Jhumka gira re, Bareilly ke bazaar mien…’ and repeat and repeat and repeat again until your family can take this no more…Hence, I decided to use this time and space to write about a timeless accessory, the ‘jhumka’ , interestingly described as exotic and large¬†Indian chandelier earrings in circular, dome or conical shape that end with lace-like beads or droplets! Pretty exotic description, isn’t it? ūüôā

Could you believe¬†that a lot has been written about this traditional piece of jewellery? ¬†Well, it has been a part of our history for centuries and¬†continues to dominate the accessory shelves in our present day lives too. Jhumkas can be traced back to the era of the scriptures and it has a subtle romance as well as a kind of ‘royalty’ associated with it. Worn across different states in India in a variety of ‘avataars’, they are now very popular outside the sub-continent too. The Indian film industry bears testimony to the timelessness of this beautiful accessory – being worn by Fearless Nadia and Devika Rani in the 1930s, Suraiya, ¬†Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Asha Parekh, Tanuja, Hema Malini, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, to the 2010s Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor. Now that is some list, isn’t it? Fancy adding¬†a bit of trivia about this jhumka to your repertoire?

The famous song about a certain lost jhumka, tells a tale about an incident that happened in Bareilly in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Did you know that the¬†city of¬†Bareilly is often referred to as ¬†the¬†¬†‘The Jhumka City‘? ¬†Then there are of course, the very famous jhumkas or ‘Karnphoool’ made in Rajasthan, decorated with beautiful and colourful Meenakari designs or beautiful Kundan. We mustn’t forget Gujarat for gorgeous silver, oxidized ones, parts of South India for temple jewellery inspired ‘Jhimkis’, Bengal for ‘jhumko’, ‘kaan bala’ and ‘kaan’ and Kashmir for long, delicate peacock inspired jhumkas. Did you know that each region has their own name for the Jhumka? However, for me, a walk to ‘Dariba’, in¬†Old Delhi is a jhumka haven! ¬†Get inspired and get shopping…Jhumkas for every mood – traditional and contemporary

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Temple jewellery inspired jhumkas…perfect for¬†this¬†wedding season via 1, 2, 3, 4

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Etheral glow of Kundan paired with meenakari and polki or just plain via 1, 2

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The Rabaris wear beautiful silver jewellery…the jhumkas are one of them…via 1, 2

Nidhi & Alop Mehta bring to your these gorgeous earrings from the 'pink city' via Jaipurse

Nidhi & Alop Mehta bring to your these gorgeous earrings from the ‘pink city’ via¬†

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Pretty, pretty in these very traditional ‘jhumkas’ via

Silver jhumkas- just perfect with that black dress via Bombay Bead

Silver jhumkas- just perfect with that black dress via

 

Terracota ‘jhumkis’ made using river clay¬†via

While wearing the jhumka, remember to keep the jhumkas as your only large accessory. Skip the necklace or anything else that distracts the attention away from the jhumkas otherwise you may be mistaken for a christmas tree.

It’s not everyday that you get to see such a beautiful array of jhumkas under one roof, well, under one post, do you? The song that I woke up humming, got me to search the breadth and length of our country to find the best pieces of jhumkas for you. So, say a little thanks to JaipurSe, Urban Dhani, Bombay Bead, Parisera, Maitri and Just Jhumkas for bringing us this ‘awesomeness’.

I can’t end this post without getting you to hum ‘jhumka gira’ number, but I am going to make your experience much better and leave you with an even older song¬†than the one that was parked in my body all day today!

Dangle away the gorgeousness. Look etheral, dressy and just perfect with ‘jhumkas’!

Shilpa xx

Cover Image: via 1, 2