Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jewelry of Rajasthan for Men


Rajasthani men are also very keen for wearing different types of jewelries. They want to show their great appearance and their social status by wearing stunning jewelries. Such ornaments are really attractive and beautiful. Though jewelry for men has saw a sharp decline in demand, traditional silver and gold jewelries are still worn exclusively in most rural areas of Rajasthan. Turbans had gained great popularity during the Mughal era. Astonishing turban ornaments also got fame in that period. These were turra, sarpech, sarpatti and kalgi.


  • Kalgi is a popular jewelry for men in Rajasthan. One of the most renowned Mughal kalgi-design owned 3 black heron feathers and associates of royal family that used to prefer wearing kalgi. At times, metal-sheets were exchanged for feathers. 
  • Sarpatti is also a turban ornament which mainly arrived in trend around the late 18th century. It is mainly a mixture of armband and sarpech comprising hinged units and their counts ranging 3-7 with an attached kalgi to the middle unit. Sarpech is made of 2 words, known as pech (screw) and sar (head). Though it was flat ornament, shaped beautifully like a vertical feather along with a curved tip. Various patters employed to craft it from metal and set with gems. It was in the turban by tucking its golden stem.
  • Turra shaped similar to a fan. It is a beautiful ornament commonly worn on turban.
  • Baleora is a beautiful and fine looking gold necklace, generally worn by Hindus. The ornament has 7 chains worn with 7 clasp units. The necklace had pendant known as jugni or dhuk-huki, adorned with gemstones.
  • Jugavali or gop is also a good neck ornament. The circular torque with a beautiful pendant called as jugavali.
  • Hansli is another fine ornament worn by children, men and women. Its name was derived from the clavicle on its rests.
  • Manakmala or Motimala is a necklace made of rubies, emeralds and pearls. It commonly comprises 5-7 strings of similar or changeable length. Ears of men in Rajasthan are pierced for wearing earrings.
  • Balas is beautiful gold wire hoops, commonly strung with expensive stones such as rubies and pearls. Murki and Jhela are small size of earrings worn on the earlobes.
  • Kandhe-Ka-Gahna or Khag was gold made with façade side arranged with enameled and gemstones. The ornament has gone through several innovations with its pattern and design.
  • Kada is a beautiful bracelet made of silver or gold with enameled inner plate. It is commonly worn by most Rajasthani men.
  • Bajuband or armlet was commonly designed of floral motifs decorated with beautiful stones.
  • Beenti is a type of ring.
  • Gajjalu are fine-looking cast brass angle bells are stitched to a leather strip. It is commonly worn by dancers. Theatrical costume adornment is worn only on a few special events, festivals and occasions.
  • Tazim is made of silver or gold. The jewelry is a patrimonial chain anklet worn on the right ankle. A pair of Tazim is worn on both right and left ankles.
  • Amulet is also used to protect jewelry from external risks. It is also believed to give good luck. Many stories are related to them in Indian Subcontinent. There are many amulets in Rajasthan as per the community of wearer. Amulet can be worn as bracelet or necklace. You can find amulets in various shapes.
  • Sher-nakh-jantr is a beautiful silver amulet curved similar to a claw of tiger.
Jewelries for men in Rajasthan have special importance. Ornaments are interwoven in everyday’s life of individuals. They are crafted from different raw materials emphasizing the appearance of traditional and culture Rajasthani people.