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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Naak Phul or Nose Pin Ring Symbolism and Types of Gemstone Studded Nose Pins

Naak phul or the nose ring a simple small piece of ornament that is worn as studs by piercing the skin on sides on the nose. Traditional nose pins were not  limited  to size and we all know the nathni  or nath of the Marathi culture. The big pearl and stone studded nath of the Muslim culture is also quite famous as an ornate piece of jewellery.
The symbolism of wearing a nath was that the women wearing this were married and belonged to a male and was not available for marriage. Usually Bringing nose pin and putting this jewellery also projected that the lady was selected as a mate partner for marriage. In Marathi culture the mujra walis or dancers from dance groups also were gifted nath from rich business men or lords and this symbolized they were booked by these rich men to perform for them only and not available for others. While these rich men provided for support and expenses of these dancers it was a symbol of  honor among the group provided for them.
Nose ring gold
The nath was worn by married women during marriage rituals or functions and festivals along with the nav vari, 9 yards,  saree. Even today this beautiful piece of jewellery exists, though in many different  forms and designs. Traditionally this beautiful piece of jewellery consisted of gold metal studded with pearls and precious gemstones, especially red rubies. You will still see these big nose pins with our grandmas who have special  sentiments attached with these nose pins, as these were carried along generation after generation and handed over as family heirloom jewellery.
Muslim culture nath were  beautiful with pearls and gemstones. Queens wore gold nath and this was an important part of the jewellery of any bride. While Rekha has worn traditional jewellery as a dancer in the film Mukkadar Ka Sikandar opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai has again flaunted the traditional Muslim Libas, Anarkali dress worn in Hindi movie Umrao Jaan and the traditional nath, these ornaments have taken a special place in the Muslim culture.  These were rings large enough of size of bangles studded with gemstones and pearls. This heavy piece was connected with a chain of gold with droplets of gold, gemstones or pearls to the back of  the ear hair  or the ear rings with a hook.
diamond stone studded naak phul

antique flower shaped gold naak phul

naak nath chain and earrings Bride ornaments

Red Rubies Naak phul

Maharashtrian  Nath pearls and gold

Gemstone nose pin
Funky nose pins now rule  our jewellery boxes from diamonds to rubies, pearls  and the reasonably priced American diamonds. With the simple small single gold or silver ring worn around as nose pin looks quite cool and also highlights the face, there are also nose pins that have fancy motifs and floral designs on the top. These may have images of flowers, elephants, peacocks  or other mythological motifs.
Latest we hear modifications in nose pins are just about any ear ring  that is funky or stone studded can be singly worn as a nose pin. Go in for light weight nose pins as we do not want a nose skin tear by wearing heavy jewellery and the skin around the nose is delicate and soft.
Ladies even wear stickers or jewel studded disposable nose pins that are stuck as stickers which can be worn and thrown after every use, great idea for   those who do not want to invest in a nose pin or just want to try out the look of their face wearing a nose pin. Nose pins having gold or silver studded with white diamond is the most common form of nose pin, which varies with larger patterns and designs having small and tiny diamonds with two or more multi colored stones nose pins.
Nose pins sure highlights the face and brightens and accentuates the facial tone. Even a single piece of traditional motif jewellery, a nose pin is sufficient to be the centre of attention. Wear bold designs in light weight nose pins and do away with heavy chokers and earrings. Be careful while selecting traditional heavy gold nose rings and in case you wish to wear this piece of jewellery in your marriage do wear it, try it, many times before the final occasion, you do not want people to see a swollen big red nose  the next morning!
All the Best!

Wear Ornaments for Health Benefits Healing Ornaments symbolism and importance

Wear ornaments for health benefits,  healing ornaments, are these some special type of ornaments?  no these are the same ornaments that we wear for fashion and dressing up for occassions. While the solah singar involves different types of dressing rituals and ornaments for the bride we here take health point of view and healing aspects of these beautiful obsessions.
Why do we wear ornaments, of course apart from decorating our body and dressing up for occasions there is strong symbolism in wearing ornaments from the healing point of view. Traditional ornaments worn were quite heavy designs and also had a lot of different types of jewellery worn right from head to toe. There are immense health benefits from wearing jewellery everyday.

Finger rings for all fingers

Danglers earrings in sterling silver diamonds
Mahabharata times the queens and kings used to wear different types of ornaments, the baju band, neck laces, chokers as well as anklets and amulets and toe rings all were made  from gold or silver , that is metal and studded with precious or semi precious gemstones.
Gemstone Sterling Silver Bracelet

Wear Jewellery for Health Benefits

Yellow Colored Gemstone Ring

Amethyst Stone Sterling Silver Finger Ring
There is scientific proof that these different ornaments worn on different part of the body highlighted the energy around that particular body part they were worn and thus improving the positive energy and making that body part energetic and strong. Different Stones studded in these ornaments had special significance and thus providing healing to the wearer.
Gold and silver, we all know are strong metals and diamonds the strongest stones available. With semi precious colored stones each has its own significance and symbolism. While we choose a yellow stone to heal the solar plexus fifth chakra, the orange stones can be used to heal the Hara or Sex chakra the sixth chakra, and the colored stone red of course to strengthen the root chakra, the seventh chakra.  Green colored gemstones, like emeralds, symbolizing the heart chakra and the blue giving strength to the third eye anjana chakra, the violet highlighting the intuitive energies improving the crown chakra.
Usually healers advise not to have too many ear piercings as  this affects the health adversely.  So while acupressure and acupuncture theories indicate that the ear, a body part, is a symbol representing your body , and each part of your ear represents an organ in your body , having too many ear piercings would replete body energy and thus bring less energy to your body. So while the top part of ear represents head and eyes, the lower portions represent stomach and reproductory organs  as  well as digestive organs. When the right amount of pressure is applied to these points it helps in healing ailments related to the corresponding body part.
Different ear piercings
Acupressure points falling on your body are touched with these gemstones and heavy metals and also  pressed naturally while we wear different ornaments on different body parts. While the nose pin with provide mild energy to this body part the ear rings do provide quite a  good source of acupressure energy to the body, as the ear has proportionate positions corresponding to our body organs.
Nose rings
The baju bands will give acupressure to the arms and heart and the neck chokers help heal the throat chakra. Finger rings studded with different precious gemstones are another important healers today with the amethyst and the rose quartz and rubies and emeralds all have very powerful healing properties which transfer energy to our body from the channel  of our fingers as the stone and metals comes in direct contact with the body.
As we move along, sit  or sleep different types of pressure is applied to our body parts and thus creating positive energy which is beneficial to the health of the wearer. Another strong healing part with wearing jewellery is that as you bathe the water becomes energy rich, one that moves along your body and gives energy. This works just like a purification  ritual as if taking bath with water charged with gold or silver.
Purification and cleaning of chakras also is done daily when you wear ornaments of gold or silver. Silver having shine, improving the intuitive abilities gold provides strength and nourishment to the body. Pearls worn will give you another high though do find out whether this is working positively for you or not.
While cooking the hot steam emitted by fire used for cooking reacts with the ornaments worn by the the lady wearing gold ornaments and bangles, at least some of the energy is put into the food cooked that comes charged with positive gold energy to you.

Healing Stones Symbolic Painting by rizwana

Kneading dough, cutting, chopping all activities provide some amount of pressure to your body arts and thus ornaments and metals coming in contact with these body parts are showered with energy from these pieces of jewellery.
So while women are so obsessed with ornaments, jewellery and gemstones now you  have a perfect reason to flaunt your pieces of jewellery everyday!
Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Baaju Band symbolism and significance Different types Designs Wearing Styles of Baju Band

Baju band an ornament , a beautiful piece of jewellery worn on  the arms. Bangles are different than the baju band and this piece is worn on the arms beatifying your sleeveless dress or half sleeve traditional attire.
Stamped with traditional and mythological  motifs the baju band is a great piece of ornament to make a style statement. Going along well with small sleeved attire or sleeveless blouse on traditional sarees or dresses the baju band reflects style, richness and royalty.
Meaning of baju band is simple as baju means arms and band is tieing or covering. The symbol of strength and position worn by kings and queens, the baju band symbolizes great power and strength. This piece of ornament has come up from traditional mythology and ancient times and still rules the ornament box today. Though the baju band has gone through immense transformation in terms of designs and types the original concept still remains the same , an ornament worn over the arms.
Baju Band Kada

Adjustable Kada worn as Baju Band
While the traditional baju band was a thick metal plate in circular pattern worn as a clutch over each upper arms today we have designs studded with precious and semi precious gemstones worn over a single arm also. Any chain, necklace, choker, payal or anklet can be worn as baju band while we see various modifications in wearing styles of traditional jewellery the baju band need not be a baju band and any piece of jewellery ornament can be modified and worn in this style covering up the arm.
Funky baju bands available online have many designs and patterns, semi precious stones studded in metal plates or silver rings studded with pearls.  Single line light weight baju bands and heavy traditional thick designer baju bands , choose the one that goes well with your nature and personality.
Thank You!

Different types of Maang Tikas Funky Maang Tikas and Importance of The Maang Tika

Maang tika as the name suggests is  a piece of jewellery worn for the forehead. Worn usually  by brides for decorating the maang, the centre parting of the hair, as a decoration as well as important jewellery. Signifying the marital status of the lady wearing maang tika during wedding ceremony this piece of jewellery was worn for decorating the bride during her wedding considered a sacred symbol.
The design part of this jewellery ornament, maang tika,  consists of a chain that is used  to tie or clip in the head and a pendant that falls over the forehead , the centre place of the third eye. The Anjana chakra, the seat of wisdom and intuition, symbolizing the retaining of energies for protection and family preservation. Woman often considered this a symbol of strength and it instantly highlights the glam quotient of your face.
Maang Tika diamond studded maang tika jewellery ornament for forehead
Wear the maang tika in different styles, improve and flaunt your personal style quotient to a new high! Side ways like in traditional muslims, also called the side Maang Tika, very famous from the Rekha times, a beautiful pearl studded one with heavy gold and stones looking quite elegant,  The single line maang tika with precious or semi precious stones studded, and of course the traditional south Indian maang tikas with many layers covering in strands of jewellery decorating the whole head, the sridevi style and the latest Deepika padukone style from Chennai Express,   looking quite elegant as well.
Traditional maang tikas worn by Gods and Goddesses and kings and queens were made of metals using gold or silver which were often carved or stamped with traditional mythological designs or motifs.
Traditional stone studded Maang Tika

Side maang tika silver traditional

Maang tika with gemstones and forehead chain
Funky maang tikas have no rules and no traditional limitations as this piece of jewellery is no being worn by many unmarried women and young girls also. This single piece of jewellery can become the most important part of your jewellery ensemble and you can carry off any function or occasion with a traditional maang tika worn with any outfit, a sufficient one piece to draw attention in any crowd.
The different forms of maang tika will depend upon  the occasion, the financial position of the wearer and sometimes the age also. As young girls may flaunt a  line of stickers, bindis, or a  temporary tattoo design as  a maang tika some girls  also love to wear the single strand diamond studded one that is sufficient to make your face glow. Funky maang tikas with traditional elephant motifs or peacock motifs are a rage. A geometric design pendant also can go well with any formal attire, here you get to keep the line of formality as well as flaunt your jewellery.
From layered maang tikas to single lines and single stone bindis maang tikas have gone an immense design transformation and a welcoming one. Colored stones studded maang tikas are very unique and also an easy way to decorate your face as well as hair. For formal wear you can go in for single line single stone  studded maang tikas and for traditional heavy costumes, like the Indian weddings, the Anarkali dress very well goes along with the stone studded gold maang tika, leaving aside any other piece of jewellery. The multiple layered or the three layered maang tika also can make you the centre of attention while you wear a formal plain silk pr embroidered saree or Anarkali dress.
A hair accessory the maang tika can be customized and designer maang tikas look unique and fashionable.
Have a Great Day!