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Gems and Jewellery Sector Makes Rajasthan Highly Prominent as an International Destination

Rajasthan is the most preferred destination for investments in major sectors. Easy availability of raw resources makes it the natural choice for agro, minerals and jewellery based industries.

Gems & Jewellery Sector in Rajasthan

Recognized as the diamond polishing state of the india, Rajasthan is gaining prominence as an international sourcing destination for high quality designer jewellery. According to IBEF, gems & jewellery manufacturing in rajasthan constitute 17% of India’s export which makes it the fastest growing jewellery market in the world.

Jaipur – World Renowned Center for Gemstones

For centuries, Jaipur has been a world-renowned center for sourcing of fine-cut precious and semi-precious gemstones. With heavy investment in technology, gemstone cutters have forward integrated and have started jewellery manufacturing.

Jaipur now exports a wide range of studded silver, gold and even platinum jewellery.  Beautifully enameled artistic gold jewelry studded with flat diamonds and colored gemstones are recognized as a sign of aristocracy since Mogul period.

Gems & Jewellery SEZ

The presence of highly skilled, low-cost labour enables India to design and make high volumes of exquisite jewellery at relatively low cost. RIICO has also developed a special zone for Gems & Jewellery at the Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) at Sitapura,  Jaipur.

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Beautiful Waist and Legs Ornaments of Rajasthani Women – Paijeb, Kardhani, Anguda, Nooper

Big, colorful and traditional necklaces, armlets, anklets, earrings and rings are the part of Rajasthan culture. With advent of mughal empire, Rajasthan became the main center for production of finest and intricate kind of jewellery.

Waist Ornaments


It is the major ornament worn on waist. It covers from all sides. There are small bells attached to it. It is also known as kandora or Mekhala.

The other ornament is Kankati.

Legs Ornaments

All the ornaments worn on legs are made up of silver. They are Paijeb, Payal, Kade, chale, Naveri, Bichuae that are worn on legs.

Rajasthan Leg Jewellery

Paijeb - Legs Ornament


It is chain of silver in which small bells are tied.


It is similar to paijeb. It is solid ring shaped wire. When it is worn it makes melodious sound.

Kada & Langar

They are hollow from inside. Langar is worn beneath kada which is made by joinig thick wires of silver together.


It is worn with kada. It is made up of solid silver. Nevta is also worn with kada.

Jhanzar & Noopur

The bells are there in them which make sound when worn.

Anguda & Bichuae

The anguda is worn on thumbs of toes while bichuae is worn on fingers of toes.


It is similar to haathphool. The rings of toes are joined with payal through hooks. It is worn on marriage ceremonies.

The other ornaments are todhe, tinke, lache which adorn the legs of Rajasthani women.

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Haathphool, Kada, Bajuband, Gajre, Ghookro – Some of Other Ornaments of Rajathani Women

It is not surprising that royal ladies of Rajasthan were so bedecked from head to toe in jewels so much so that it sometimes was a mystery as how they carry the weight of all jewellery worn.



It is mostly worn by rich class. It is nath of pearls and also known as Surmargi in which there is a beads of gold.


It is made of red, pink jewel which looks attractive.


The shape is square, rounded and triangular. It is worn for protection against evil spirits.


The ornaments covers the wrist from all sides are made of gold. These are hollow from inside and from a silken thread they are tied to wrist


It is sharp edged ornament.


These are twisted ornament which are in shape of flower-leaf and made of gold.


It is worn on arms and also known as Bahuband.


It is springular. It is also known as tada.


It is in the shape of paan. It is joined with bangles of handon on one side and joined with chains of rings on other side. It is made of simple metal and jewelled.

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Various Forehead and Ear Ornaments for Women in Rajasthan

The women of Rajasthan are great fond of wearing jewellery. There are different types of ornaments for every part of body. The ornaments are made of gold, silver, diamond, lac, bronze, pearl, emerald etc which looks attractive with the attire.

Jewellery of Rajasthan



It is ornament which worn on hairs. The intricate work is done artistically on this ornament.


It is the cluster pf pearls which is worn in the middle of hair parting.


It is in shape of  medal whose lower part is made of pearls. It is tied with summang and hang down the forehead. It is worn mostly by Oswal, Porwal and Agarwal class.


It is rounded and heavy ornament.

Tika and Rakdri are symbolic ornament of married women in Rajasthan.



It is in shape of flower in which pearls hangs downwards .


It is ornament which sticks to ear and fixed in memandh which is a single jewellery.


It is also known as tops.

The other popular ear ornaments are Bade, Tops, balliyaan, Jhoomake and earrings.

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Head, Neck, Forehead, Ear, Ankles and Waist Jewellery – The Glorious Jewellery of Rajasthan

It is the custom of Rajasthani society that women should adorn herself with jewellery from head to toes. Thats why according to their economic status the jewels of silver, gold, gilt and bronze were worn. jewellery of rajasthan

Jewellery is a vital accessory to everyday attire. The jewellery from Rajasthan is much like costume which is manifestation of refined design responsiveness and skill that has evolved by a civilization over a millinery.

The relationship between ornament and religion is very strong in Rajasthan. The jewllery  is passed from one generation to another in Rajasthan.

The Soni community is the traditional jewellers of Rajasthan.  The craftsmanship of jewlellers of Rajasthan is renowned all over.

Silver is commonly worn by rural women which is certainly more affordable for a shopper.

Lac Bangles are quite admired which is common man”s gold.

Different Jewellery for head, neck, forehead, ear, arma,  ankles, feet and waist are -

  • Nose- Nathali, Long and Kanta
  • Ear-   Surliya, Long and Sankali
  • Neck-Noshar Necklace, Tevta, Timaiya, Ard, Hamel Necklace, Gulsari, Madalia
  • Arms-Bajubandh, Baju, Batta
  • Hands- Bagdi, Poonji, Gold bangles , Chuda
  • Palms -Hathphool
  • Fingers-Rings
  • Waist-Tagdi
  • Head-Rakdi, Borla, Tika, Tildi, Baser
  • Ankles- Takane Kanduji, Jhanzaria, Tule, Panjaniya, Jodh
  • Toes-Bichuvae, Chitki

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Sher-Nakh-Jantar, Gajjalu, Tazim – Rajasthani Men’s Traditional Jewellery

Rajasthan has rich deposits of precious and semi-precious stones such as emerald, garnet, agate, topaz and lapiz lazulli. Each gem is believed to have inherent powers and some of them are even worn as rings and other jewllery as lucky charms.

Traditional Ornaments of Rajasthani Men

Silver Amulets in Different Geometrical Shapes - Traditional Rajasthani Male Jewellery

Silver Amulets in Different Geometrical Shapes - Traditional Rajasthani Male Jewellery


Silver amulets are curved like a tiger’s claw. The amulets depicts many folklore heroes. They are featured geometrical shapes and these shapes represents different identities.

Square, rectangles and pentagons are representative of a house, six sided amulets are known as Patri and symbolizes temple. The circular amulets are called as mandala are believed to ward off spirits. The amulets denotes wearer clan or community.


They are casted brass ankle bells that are sewn on to a strip of leather and worn by male dancers when they perform.


It is crafted in gold or silver and is hereditary chain anklet that shows the sign of recognition. It used to be worn on right ankle either as necklace or bracelets.

Kundan and enamel jewellery has been a specialty of Rajasthani Jewellery particularly of Jaipur. Kundan is art of setting precious stones in gold, the stones are embossed into decorative shapes and patterns and embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the champeve technique.

The Thewa art of Pratapgarh is really exquisite and popular.

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Baleora, Hansli, Jhela, Khag and Bajubandh – Rajasthani Male Jewellery

It is a well known quote that the gems have life in them, their colours speak what words fail of.

The craftsmanship of jewelers of Rajasthan is renowned all over the world. The multi-dimensional ornaments worn by Rajasthani male are so attractive that they seem to be sparkling treasures from the land of royalty.

Some of the common type of Rajasthani male jewellery has been described briefly below:


It is gold necklace  that consists of seven chains that are further adorned with seven clasp units which are set with gemstones.

Hansli - A Neck Collar Jewellery for Rajasthani Male

Hansli - A Neck Collar Jewellery for Rajasthani Male

A screw is built into back clasp to fasten the entire piece. The necklace has central pendant called as Jugni decorated with gemstones.

Another neck ornament is GOP and Jagwali. When a circular torque is introduced in this stunning pendant, it is called as Jugavali.

Motimala or manak mela is one beautiful necklace which is made of pearls, emerald and rubies.


It is rest on collar bone and its basic form is a rigid circular torque with a hollow or solid construction.


They are small earring that are worn on earlobes and are often shaped like six petaled flower.


It is made of gold, its facade side set with gemstones and emerald  on reverse. It is worn either on one shoulder or on both.

Bajubandh - An armlet Jewel for Rajasthani People

Bajubandh - An armlet Jewel for Rajasthani People


It is an armlet usually of floral motifs and designs which are marked with precious stones.

Some of the types of jewellery are Kada or bracelets, that are made of gold and silver. Beenti are the rings worn in the fingers. Belts buckles are also ornamental in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is well known for gold and silver enameling. One of  the traditional art, known as Meenakari, is mainly done in Nathdwara.

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Jewellers Association Show (JAS) 2009 – An Exhibition Of World Class Jewelry and Gemstones in Jaipur

Jewellers Association Show (JAS) 2009, Jaipur Jewellers Association Show (JAS) 2009, Jaipur

JAS or Jewellers Association Show is amongst India’s most prominent jewelry show. The pink city, Jaipur will host the jewellers association show 2009 from 24th july 2009 to 27th july 2009.

Significance of JAS

Ownered by jewellers association, Jaipur, JAS is key charter in association’s plans of promoting the image of Jaipur as the most promising hub of quality gemstones and jewelry of the global levels.

After the grand success of JAS’07 and JAS’08, JAS has been established into a brand in its own rights. With an assembly of international renowned jewelers from across the globe and a strong focus of B2B networking, JAS’08 saw some serious business activity among the traders. With over 200 stalls in around 3000 sq. mt of area, JAS ’08 saw an average footfall of 6000 visitors daily.

Attractions at JAS’09

With over 200 stalls in fully air-conditioned Birla Auditorium and footfall of over 25,000 in 4 days, JAS’09 is all set to present a grander and vibrant image of potential of jewellers association. Already over 1000 trade viitors from outside jaipur have registered.

Exhibitors from the world of gold jewellery, color stone jewellery, designer jewellery, diamond jewellery, platinum jewellery, loose color gemstones, silver jewellery, trendy thewa jewellery, sozo jewellery, certified diamonds & accessories of jewellary are going to participate.

Uniqueness About JAS’09

This show will display an unparalleled variety of color gemstones. This time thousands of national and international visitors expected which is giving ample opportunity for business networking and chartering of associations.

We will write more about JAS tommorow mentioning the finer details such as the Venue, Date, Timings as well as the scheduled programs. If you wish to get in more details right now you visit

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About Gemstones | Market and Specialised Centres of Jewellery in Rajasthan, India


Rajasthan excels in wide range of precious and semi-precious jewellery. Exquisite ornaments are made in Jaipur and Jodhpur using emerald, diamond, pearl, garnet, agate and lapiz lazulli. As oposed to the modern equipments used by European lapidaries, Jaipur workers use simple tools, inspite of which their dexterity and skill is remarkable.

A piece of very popular jewellery in Rajasthan is the navratna, a collection of nine gems set together in a single piece of jewellery, either a pendant or a ring. Pearls were considered extremely lucky and emerors even ate ground pearls as medicine. Traditional designs are still popular in modern India, though the colored glass or semi-precious stones have taken place of precious stones as in traditional Rajasthan.

Market and Specialised Centres of Jewellery in Rajasthan

Famous Meenakari Jewellery in Rajasthan

Famous Meenakari Jewellery in Rajasthan


Centre for gold kundan work and also renowned for diamond and emrald cutting. Johari Bazar (jeweller’s market) offers the most varied collection of the region.


Temple market in here is the best place to buy silver kundan and meenakari work.

Udaipur and Bikaner

A spillover of the kundan work can be purchased at Udaipur and exquisite pieces of gold and silver jewellery incorporated on lac for youngsters can be purchased at the Sunaron-ki-Suwad market in Bikaner.


Old silver jewellery can be bought at an affordable prices from the markets of jaisalmer.

Pratapgarh in Chittaurgarh

This district is famous for thewa jewellery, in which red, green or blue colored stones are beautifully crafted in the gold plated silver. Small boxes and jewel cases are also designed in this fashion.

Our jewellery chapter finishes here, we will start a serious of blogs about forts in Rajasthan from tommorrow. Do you know there are more than 1000 forts in Rajasthan, I know you wont believe it, but dont worry, we wont write about all, though we will write about many and many.

So friend stay tuned to find how the walls of forts served many kings and their kingdoms for centuries. These forts still serves as the most famous tourist attractions of rajasthan.

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Rajasthan Traditional Jewellery – For Women

Tradition Rajasthani Women Dressed in Jewels

Tradition Rajasthani Women Dressed in Jewels

In India, Jewellery is worn as a complete ensemble and not as an accessory and this was the reason that the royal ladies of Rajasthan worn jewels from head to toe.

Ornamentation For Head

Most common head jewel is bindi, a central pendant hanging from a string of fine pearls. A variant of is borla, in which central pendant is semi spherical and is set with precious stones and fringe of pearls.

Jewellery For Nose

naath, worn in nose brings good fortune and is a ring of gold in most cases.

Ornamentation For Ears

Famous earrings style were karanphool juhumka (flower of ears shaped like star), phool jhumka flowers shaped, toti parrot image, lathan grape image, pipal patti like pipal leaf. There were some special types of jhumkas of huge sizes, shapes and colors.

Jewellery For Foot

Toe Rings and Anklets are the two types. Big toe rings were called anvat all these were designed in various shapes and were made up of silver and gold. These ornaments makes sounds like bell tinkles as lady walks.

Earrings and Pendants in Gold

Earrings and Pendants in Gold

Ornamentation For Waist

Women wear girdles and belts around their waists. These were usually made up of gold and set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Kardhani is little longer and is made up of various chains held together with metalbands.

Jewellery For Arms

Most common ones are gold bands with precious stones. The smallest bangle to fit the wrist is Kada, a think decorated bangle. Chuda, a variant is made of ivory inlaid with gold. Hathphool, another variant, is a bangle with rings connected to it by chains that lie over back of the hand.

Ornamentation For Neck

The most important and visible items of jewellery are worn on the neck. champakali, a string of flowers stylised in shape of champa (a flower), the mohrun, the jugnu and the hansli ( a gold collar thick in middle and tapering at ends) are all variants of necklaces.

Besides all this, the clothes are also embroidered with gold and silver threads. These women in beautifully dressed sarees and indian traditional clothes and jeweled in the ornaments are still a pride of India.

There are various materials other than gold, silver, diamond and precious stones that are used to make jewellery and then there are specialized centres of Jewellery in Rajasthan, these all will be covered in our next post, so stay tuned !!

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