Thursday, November 8, 2012

Traditioal and Trendy Bengali Wedding Jewellery Designs/ Bengali Gold Jewellery Design


Bengal is famous for it's traditional food, sarees & jewellery, specially the gold jewellery. Gold has a special place in Bengali tradition too... like in Bengali weddings people must have gold as jeweleries, because in Bengali culture it is believed that gold brings happiness & prosperity to the newly wed couple.
Being a Bengali myself, I am totally in love with gold jewellery. Just like the other parts of India West Bengal too has some trademark & fascinating designs in the crafting of gold jewellery. But as years passed, some of the most exclusive Bengali gold jewellery designs got lost. But thanks to our elders, who still believe in tradition & sentiment, are able to keep some precious designs with them. Also some Bollywood movies like Devdas, for which Bengali gold jewellery has become really famous & it also helped in keeping the Bengali jewellery art alive.
Even I have inherited some traditional Bengali gold jewellery from my mother & grandmother. I am lucky enough to have the same ornaments that my grandmother wore on her wedding day. I would love to share every bit of sentiments that are attached with them.
Firstly, in this post, I have shared some trendy & traditional daily wear Bengali gold jewellery designs followed by Bengali traditional wedding jewellery designs along with their Bengali names. So, that you can easily search for them on the Internet or in gold jewellery shops.
So here goes some of the daily wear Bengali gold jewellery designs:

1. Gaala bhora bala (Bengali name)/Wax filled gold bangle:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Gaala bhora bala (Bengali name)/Wax filled gold bangle

Gold is a very soft, shiny & malleable metal. It is considered as the most non-allergic chemical element under standard condition. So we often use gold jewellery as daily wear.
As because gold is a soft metal it needs some hardness to protect it. For the hardness goldsmiths use wax to fill inside the hollow gold bangle. The wax gives gold bangle an added strength. In Bengali, we call these types of bangles "Gaala bhora bala" or wax filled bangles. These bangles are ideal as daily wears. Highly recommended as it will give you a traditional look & at the same time it will also be long-lasting.

Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Gaala bhora bala (Bengali name)/Wax filled gold bangle
2. Beloyari Churi (Bengali name)/ A bangle with beautiful cut design:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Beloyari Churi (Bengali name)/ A bangle with beautiful cut design
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Beloyari Churi (Bengali name)/ A bangle with beautiful cut design
Beloyari means special kind of glass cutting design. The designs were so inspiring and popular amongst ladies that gold jewellery craft men included these designs in their work.
3.Bauti (Bengali name)/Half cut bangle:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Bauti (Bengali name)/Half cut bangle
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Bauti (Bengali name)/Half cut bangle
Bauti (Bengali name)/Half cut bangles almost look like a proper full size bangle but these bangles are half cut from inside, so they imitate the look of a heavy gold bangle but actually require less amount of gold than a proper gold bangle. These kind of bangles are really good for daily wear & come in a affordable price :).
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Bauti (Bengali name)/Half cut bangle
4. Shona badhano Saankha-Pola (Bengali name)/gold embedded conch-shell bangle & gold embedded red lac bangle:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Shaankha-Pola
This image above is from my wedding album & as you can see there is a pair of white & red bangles on my hand, the white one is called shaankha, which is usually made from sankh or conch-shell are very pricey these days, also hard to find and as because these saankha are not that hardy, now a days people also get it done with palstic materials. The red one is called pola and is made of lac.   
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Shaankha-Pola
These bangles symbolize a Bengali married women. Wearing sankha pola is a must do for Bengali married lady, but now a days ladies do not wear them often as they have their own reasons, but in weddings or some special occasions these bangles are unavoidable. For special occasions Bengali women love to wear gold embedded or Shona bandhano Shaankha-Pola. The pola bandhano on my hand was a gift from my in-laws, I myself usually do not prefer these gold embedded shankha-pola, so I kept my shaankha simple.
Here is another beautiful design of Pola Badhano, I thaught it is worth sharing. 
Shaankha-Pola
5. Shona bandhano loha(Bengali name)/ gold embedded iron bangle:
In Bengali culture married women must wear a piece of iron on her left hand as a symbol of her marriage & for the well being of her husband & herself. An iron bangle is given to the girl on her Haldi ceremony during her wedding, as to protect her or for her safety & after the wedding when she reaches her in-laws' place, her mother-in-law gifts her another gold wrapped iron bangle & take out the previous one, it's part of the Bengali ritual. A true Bengali married women can avoid the shaankha-pola but can not be with out her iron bangle. Nowadays it has also become a part of a Bengali married women's status. May be that's why Aishwarya Rai always flaunts her iron bangle on her left hand :) for her bong connection.
Aishwarya Rai in Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Here I have found some nice designs for Loha bandhano from this site http://kcsenjeweller.com/lohaYou can find more on the internet.
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Currently I am wearing a Loha badhano (Iron bangle) wrapped with silver and other metals, coz for me gold iron bangle does not go well with every outfit, so I recently bought this fom New Market (Hogg Market), Kolkata. I particularly do not remember the shop name but at New Market you can find many shops with really nice designs of silver jewellery and Loha badhano. Here I am sharing a photo of the same....
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
And I really like the haati mukh (Elephant head) design of my loha...
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
6. Muff Chain:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Now let us talk about some neck wear. Muff chain is a very common jewellery amongst Bengali women, they just looove muff chains. It comes in variety of designs, long, short, etc. I have a short one, it was gifted by my husband on my wedding :). Let's have a closer look of the design....
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
7. Bokul Mala (Bengali name)/ flower motif chain:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Mala means garland & Bokul is a sort of Bengali flower. Bokul mala is also a type of chain which is mainly crafted with flower motifs. Currently I am wearing this only as my daily wear :).
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
8. : Traditional Ear Rings
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
These are one of my favorite earnings, again I got them as a gift. For attending parties here & there, it's nice to have earings like this which are not too big or short. Here goes a detailed view of it...
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
9. Phooler top (Bengali name)/ Ear top:
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Traditional Bengali Jewellery
These stone studded ear tops are a must have in our daily wear jewellery collection. Full gold ear tops do not go well with every outfit, especially with western wear or with Chiffon Sarees. To look more sleek and trendy one must have them.

Last but not the least, is your...


10. Diamond Solitaire:

Traditional Bengali Jewellery
Its enough to make a statement. Solitaire diamonds (a single stone diamond) rings are very popular because of its elegance.


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Traditional Bengali Gold Jewellery
Here is another post on Bengali Tradition Gold jewellery.











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16 comments:

  1. Nice informative blog post on Bengali ethnic Jewellery. By the way, can you please tell me from where can I buy shankha pola in Delhi?

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  2. Hi Priyanka, thanks for liking my blog post. You can go to C.R. Park (ChittaRanjan Park) near Nehru Place in Delhi to buy shankha pola. There is a place called Market No.1 near Kalibari/ Shiv Mandir, there are many shops for shankha pola, but you have to bargain a bit.

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  4. Bengali wedding is awesome and have great fun of wedding.

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  5. these r awesome....where can I buy them online....plz mention the sites....the sakha pola bandhano is just beautiful....i want them for my mom....plz tell me the websites where i could find them...

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  6. Thank you for the awesome tips . I am looking for some kind of bangles which I can wear on both hands on office formal attire . I cannot wear gold bangles because they look too odd . I cannot wear bracelet because that I will be only for 1 hand . So please suggest me something .

    Thanks in advance

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    1. If u r not married then its not compulsory to wear bangles on both hands, naked hands makes u look more gorgeous and young but still if u want to try u can go for silver bangle or costume jewellery but again u have to match it with the occasion n look.If you stay in Kolkakata, u can try jeweleries in Anjali, they have good collection of silver jewellry.
      here are some silver jwlry link..
      http://www.ethnicadornment.com/producto/old-rajasthan-silver-bangle-india/
      http://vividvault.com/an-antique-indian-silver-bangle/or068_a_indian_silver_bangle/
      Else a nice crafted watch or a leather strapped watch is a very good option but if u are wearing a watch then just go with it, do not try to wear bangle or any other jewellery on the same hand and always keep it as simple as you can. Good luck.

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  7. Hi thanks for your reply . But I am married and that is why I am looking for options for bangles to wear on both hands . I am located in Chennai

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    1. Well you can try stones like ruby, emerald or diamond studded bangle in white gold or u can try silver bangles, u can get them in any jewellery store and as Chennai has a very good taste for jeweleries m sure u will get plenty of options. Best of luck.

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  8. Thank you so much for your suggestions ..Have a nice day

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  9. Can you please tell me where can i get these bangles online.The which you bought at New Market(Hogg Market) Kolkatta.And I even liked the Aishwarya Rai Iron bangle.Do we get them readymade in gold shops or do we have to order them at goldsmiths.Really liked the bangles so much.Thank you

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  10. gold embedded or Shona bandhano Shaankha-Pola. .I have seen woman wearing this bangle with different colors and beautiful design ....can you tell me what is their cost and can you give some design

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  11. Hi ..this is sunita ...i juz love all ur jewellery designes ..they r so modern nd unique ,totally love them . Herez one request if u could pls post some more pictures on light weight gold necklaces ,mantasha nd some trendy gold bracelets ....

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  12. Hi! Really liked ur post....I hv a query. ..I am married and working....I hv to wear noa on my right hand and bcz of that I can't wear watches which I love wearing...I want to know that can i wear noa on my right hand so that I can start wearing watches once again...plz let me know .is it ok to wear noa on right hand?

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