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Top 12 Maharashtrian Jewellery for you to rock the Marathi Mulgi look

Maharashtra is the birthplace of a rich heritage and great warriors. It has an equally rich culture and it shows. Maharashtrian culture has a magnificent ancestry with hardworking simple people. This reflects in their exuberant traditional jewellery. Their jewellery is an extension of their royalty. Gold jewellery has always been a prominent aspect in Maharashtrian womens’ attire. Such traditional jewellery have intricate designs which make them royal. The Maratha and Peshwa warriors have passed on the designs.

Be it a Paithani saree or the Chandrakor bindi, donning some jewellery is a must, to complete the classic look of a Maharashtrian woman. It can get quite difficult for non-Maharashtrians who aren’t familiar with all this to understand the culture. It’s more difficult to choose the correct jewellery to look like a typical Maharashtrian woman and slay in style.

We have curated a list of Traditional Maharashtrian Jewellery for all you newbies, so you can rock the marathi mulgi look on point.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Nath 

Nath is a traditional nose ring, studded with pearls, mostly coloured in white and pink in the middle. It's a common sight to wear naths at weddings, religious ceremonies or sacred family functions. Naths are usually made with 22 karat gold and have motis embedded in them. Nath is the most basic of Maharashtrian Jewellery.

maharashtrian jewellery - Nath

Thushi

Thushi is kind of a choker necklace made with varying sizes of gold beads woven together to form a layer of strings. This necklace has an adjustable thread called dori to accommodate it easily.  It is usually made from 22 karat gold and has jowar seeds design, which indicates that the newly-wed bride will bring prosperity to her new home. There are two types of thushi that you should know about. 

maharashtrian jewellery-Thushi

Common Thushi

These are traditional necklaces and have a very simple, plain and elegant design. A single strand of golden clustered beads with matching earrings are the trademark for this thushi.

maharashtrian jewellery-Vajratik

Vajratik Thushi

These are a bit fancy comparatively. Vajratik Thushis are broad thick and fancy. They are more vibrant and for the outdoorsy you. 

Kolhapuri Saaj

Originating in Kolhapur, Saaj is worn by married Maharashtrian women. It is gifted by the groom’s family to the bride. Saaj necklace has 21 leaves carved in 22 karat gold. The pendant in the centre of the necklace is called ‘the saaj ghat’. Out of the 21 leaves - 10 represent the ten different avatars of Lord Vishnu, 2 of them have emerald and ruby stones, 8 pendants represents ashtamangal (auspiciousness, happiness and prosperity) and the last pendant is the Taviz; a charm to keep away the bad and evil.

maharashtrian jewellery-Kolhapuri Saaj

Putli Haar/Laxmi Haar

Putli Haar also commonly known as Laxmi Haar is a necklace that has a few rounds of coins with embellishments of Goddess Laxmi in them. The motifs of Laxmi indicate wealth. These coins are held together with a thread that is braided with silk. This jewellery is highly favoured by brides. Did you know? It has been an important part of Maharashtrian Bridal Jewellery since the 17th century! 

Bugdi

Bugdi are earrings worn on the helix part of the ear. Bugdis are mostly made out of pearls. Bugdis now come in a lot of modern beautiful designs; to cater to the modern Maharashtrian brides. Similar earrings are worn by brides in the Northern parts of India.

Maharashtrian Jewellery-Bugadi

Tode

Tode are kada or bangles made out of 23 karat gold. Each bangle is made up of 200gm to 300gm of pure gold. These bangles have intricate design and requires a lot of precision to make. Todes are handcrafted and may take a lot of time to be customly made.

Maharashtrian Jewellery-Tode

Mohan Mala

Maharashtrian Jewellery-Mohanm MalaMohan mala is a sophisticated looking necklace made out of gold beads. This necklace is mostly simple beads embedded in a single thread. Mohan mala can be layered to make it look kind of fancy.

Chooda

Chooda are a set of green bangles worn by Maharashtrian brides. Unlike the red chooda worn by North Indian brides these are green in colour and symbolizes fertility and prosperity. These bangles are worn in both hands in odd numbers. These bangles are made up of glass and not taken off until sometime after the marriage.

Maharashtrian Jewellery- Chooda

Mangalsutra

Mangalsutra is a traditional sacred thread worn by married Indian women. It is made with small black and gold beads and plays and important role in Maharashtrian culture. 

maharashtrian jewellery-Mangalsutra

Ambada

Ambada is a traditional hair pin worn by Maharashtrian brides during the wedding. Ambada also known as Veni Phool is placed on the hair bun of the bride. The most popular design of Ambada is Sunflower with Jowar seeds. Although with the changing times, Ambadas have more modern and varied designs.

Maharashtrian Jewellery-Ambada

Tanmani

Tanmani is a choker necklace made with pearl strands. It is attached to a stone studded pendant. The pendant may have multiple gemstones in it.

Maharashtrian Jewellery-Tanmani

Jodvi

Jodvi is a toe ring worn by Maharashtrian brides. This toe ring is gifted by the mother-in-law of the bride. This ring symbolizes the bride’s entry in her new home. Jodvi is an important jewellery in every Maharashtrian Wedding. 

Maharashtrian Jewellery-Jodvi

So, there you have it, the perfect guide to dress up gracefully like a typical Maharashtrian woman. Use this list as a guide the next time you want to rock the Maharashtrian look. Visit Saaj to browse for an attractive collection of Maharashtrian bridal jewellery.

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