Are you a Bengali bride-to-be? Looking at going the whole nine-yards with traditional jewellery? Or even if you’re not from the region, but still want to look like the beautiful Bengali bride, you’ll need a mini-guide on the jewellery required. Here’s what you need to know.
A gold crown adorns the bride’s head. It is typically gold, but these days one can have them in colour, design that matches your ensemble as per choice.
Tikli and tiara
A tikli is more popularly known as maangtika. A tiara is another name for maathapatti. The tikli is in the form of a large pendant and the tiara also helps keep the head veil in place. It can be a single strand or multi-layered.
This is a large nose ring with a string/chain attached behind the ears. While it is not an essential, it completes the look.
Kaan bala, kaan pasha and jhumko
A kaan bala is an earring that is curved like an ear, also called the kaan phool. The kaan pasha is a big gold stud that has intricate designs. The jhumko is a dangling earring in the shape of a bell.
The chick is a choker that varies between one and 1.5 inch in breadth. It is intricately designed and crafted. This is a must for a Bengali bride.
Saath noli haar
This a seven layered gold neckpiece. It can be five layered also; that’s called paanch noli haar. This is a traditional neckpiece that is normally passed on through generations.
Another name for haath phool, this connects the ring and bangles. It has three or four strands that come from the bangle and connect before joining the ring. Where the multi-strands join, there is big pendant that lies at the centre of the hand’s back. It can be gold, silver or artificial.
Chur and bala
A broad, intricately crafted, gold bangle is called chur and is worn on one hand. The bala is a thick gold bangle worn on both hands.
Shakha, Pola and Noa
This is one of the most essential jewellery piece in a Bengali bride’s jewellery box. It is basically a three-piece bangle set. Shakha is made of conch shell, pola from coral and noa from gold-plated iron. The shakha and pola are worn by the bride during the wedding ceremony and noa is gifted by the mother in law after the bride enters the new home.
Nupur is an anklet aka payal/painjan made of silver or kundan. The new trend is to have it in different designs of the bride’s choice.