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Indulge in the Opulence of Temple Jewellery: A Timeless Artistry from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu that Radiates Elegance and Spirituality

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What is Temple Jewellery?


Temple Jewellery is a type of ethnic jewellery that features designs inspired by various Gods and Goddesses. Traditionally, it was crafted using gold and adorned with a variety of precious stones and gems.



Temple Jewellery often incorporates precious stones such as rubies, diamonds, kundan, pearls, polkas, Meenakari, and kemp. Both cut and uncut forms of these precious and semi-precious stones are used to add a classic touch to the jewellery.



Nowadays, Temple Jewellery is also available in other metals such as silver, copper, and bronze, making it more affordable. Despite the use of different materials, the designs of these jewellery pieces still retain their magnificence and can be paired with even understated outfits to create a stunning look.



Temple Jewellery often features North Indian stones such as Polki or Vilandi, as well as other precious stones like emerald and ruby. Despite the use of these stones from different regions, Temple Jewellery remains a symbol of South India.



The design of Temple Jewellery is highly intricate and often resembles the heavily ornamented pillars and richly sculpted walls of many South Indian temples, particularly those in Thanjavur.


Origin of Temple Jewellery:


Temple Jewellery has its origins in the 9th century during the Chola Dynasty in South India. As the name suggests, it was originally created as embellishments for the idols of Gods and Goddesses in temples.


The base metal used to make this jewellery is Gold. It is crafted in many different designs like, lotus, peacock, gods and goddesses etc. Most of these jewellery are made in Nagercoil, a city in Tamil Nadu.

One thing that makes the Temple Jewellery different from others is the religious sentiments it carries with it. They are worn in different occasions such as marriages and childbirth. However, this jewellery is used maximum by Indian Classical Dancers and hence is also known as Dance Jewellery.

Types of Temple Jewellery :

Any type of Temple Jewellery whether earrings or necklaces etc gives a regal and a graceful look to the women wearing it. These days they are made available in many different forms depending on the requirements of the users.

Some of them want simpler designs, some heavy, some can afford real gold jewellery and some cannot. Hence, the jewellery manufacturers have made them available for the consumers (women) in simpler form as well as low price (lower than Gold).

Some of the most commended designs in Temple Jewellery are waves, lines, birds, statutes of Gods – Goddesses and Royal Figures. Amongst these figures, the most common motif is Goddess Laxmi sitting on a Lotus.

Temple jewellery design is available from small nose rings to big chunky jewellery including necklaces and chokers, pendants, armbands, waistbands, bracelets, toe rings and rings etc.

The speciality of Temple Jewellery is that they so intrinsically crafted that when worn even with simple outfit it will give you a classy look.

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There are two types of Temple Jewellery :

  1. Traditional Function Jewellery : This type of jewellery is worn by women in traditional functions like, baby shower, temple pilgrimages, weddings and other such festivals. This includes heavy necklaces, chokers sets, danglers earrings etc.
  2. Occasional Temple Jewellery : This jewellery is mostly used by women while dancing and this includes armlets, hair accessories, anklets, waist belts etc.
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How to wear Temple Jewellery :

When you think of Temple Jewellery, an image of a big necklace or a heavy earrings comes into the mind which you can wear in wedding function or so. But that’s really not the case. There are many temple jewellery designs available which are small and can be worn in regular days also.

Hereunder, we have explained how to wear temple jewellery for enhancing different looks.

Wedding Looks :

In a family wedding, wearing a simple saree without heavy border or embroidery with a heavy looking Temple necklace will make your style statement. Make sure if you wear it with some understated outfit because these pieces itself are heavy.

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5 replies on “Indulge in the Opulence of Temple Jewellery: A Timeless Artistry from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu that Radiates Elegance and Spirituality”

Hi Mala. I have been looking for this kind of jewellery for a long time. Where is this manufactured? I am viciting Chennai in 2 weeks ansd would love to look for this. Please let me know. Thank you.

Temple jewellery in Nagercoil is primarily manufactured in the town of Vadasery. Vadasery is renowned for its skilled artisans who specialize in crafting traditional South Indian temple jewellery, which is used in classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam and for adorning deities in temples. The intricate designs and high-quality craftsmanship make Vadasery a significant hub for this type of jewellery.

In Nagercoil, you can buy temple jewellery at various shops and establishments, especially in the Vadasery area. Here are a few popular places where you can find authentic temple jewellery:

Vadasery Market: Known for its traditional craftsmanship, Vadasery Market has several shops and artisans who sell temple jewellery.

Sree Ganesh Jewellery: Located in Vadasery, this shop is well-known for its collection of traditional temple jewellery.

Kumaran Silks and Jewellers: Situated in the heart of Nagercoil, this store offers a variety of traditional jewellery, including temple jewellery.

Sri Bhavani Jewellers: Another popular store in Vadasery, offering a range of traditional jewellery designs.

VKS Jewellers: Located in Nagercoil, VKS Jewellers is reputed for its collection of temple jewellery.

These places are known for their quality and authenticity, making them good options for purchasing traditional temple jewellery.

I can’t take my eye off the beautiful designs that are actually in these south temples they are so beautifully designed I am amazed by them. I read the entire post its really very great ad informative.

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