Shabha Pathan February 13, 2023
Are you curious about the Jewellery and gemstones of the Mughals? Then follow this article. Everything has its social biography or social life similarly luxury items most specifically pieces of jewellery have also past stories and social life. It has been said by Arjun Appadurai that same as humans, every object has its social biography. Value of any object can be made by their circulation in terms of gift exchange, buying and selling or by banning the circulation of the same object among the common people through power and politics. Similarly, the Mughal jewellery also their own social life and power have been used by the Mughals to save their jewellery or increase the value of their jewellery by restricting the sale of their jewellery or precious stones in the common markets and by taking down the whole jewellery industry through their power and money. In such a way the demand for customized artificial jewellery has increased in the market.
Unique knowledge about jewellery and gemstones
Where do the Mughals get their knowledge of jewellery and gemstone? The craftsman of Mughals is an experts in selecting the finest raw material for their jewellery to manufacture and polish the final product to make it the most unique and special from other jewellery. Mughals used to have different “karkhana” or workshops for making their unique jewellery which is not like another goldsmith shop. They always used to make sure that they have hired the most skilled and talented craftsman for their royal “karkhana” or workshop. Their specialized knowledge about jewels came from their way of storing the jewels and gems according to their size and design and their ways of selecting jewellery. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar used to give his knowledge about the different gemstones in detail in the Ain-e-Akbari, the gems include rubies, diamonds and pearls.
It is said that the skilled craftsman of royal Mughal “karkhana” or jewellery workshop used to train in making jewellery of various techniques and designs which includes beautiful artwork of kundan and meenakari jewellery, at that time it was not easy for other ordinary goldsmith to make such beautiful jewellery. At that time the craftsman of royal “karkhana” created Kundan Bracelet designs for their royal beautiful Mughal queens. The beautiful craft of meenakari was adopted by the Mughals as the identity of their ancestry. Originally the word meenakari has derived from the Persian word mina or minoo the meaning of which is Heaven.
Meenakari is the Traditional Jewellery set by the Mughals. Beautiful meenakari work is a technique which requires lots of time and patience, this jewellery has a beautiful floral pattern in them. Kundan jewellery is also popular among the Mughals. Kundan jewellery is made of pure gold and cut stones from which it has got its name. The royal craftsman was very talented they had a speciality creating jewellery of some particular kinds which includes, koftgari, zarnishan, meenakari, shabakahkar, sadahkar, charmkar etc. which we can’t even pronounce.
In the Mughal era, their craftsman was paid according to their skills. They used to hire skilled craftsmen with relatively high salaries so that they can deliver the most unique and beautiful designs that are not available to any other people.
The jewellery of the royal Mughal
As we have read above, they were known for their old legacy and royalty. Their royalty and legacy can be seen in their art, culture, food, clothes and even in jewellery. when we talk about Mughal jewellery the first thing that came to mind is the royal look of Aishwarya Rai from the movie Jodha Akbar which is something phenomenal and gorgeous.
Mughal jewellery is crafted with a combination of different coloured stones, unique styles and patterns, gemstones and the finest materials. The style of Mughal jewellery has huge demand at Indian weddings. Mughal jewellery showcased the beautiful and phenomenal artwork of the Mughal era.
The two main feature of Mughal jewellery which makes it different from the other jewellery of India is the beautiful enamel work and the heavy work of gemstones. Even though the main base used in the making of this jewellery is Gold but in recent times Mughal jewellery also came in 925 Sterling Silver. The royal artwork of Mughal jewellery can also be seen in cz jewellery, this jewellery is not so heavy and preferred by the Indian Youths to wear for any special occasions and festivities.
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The highly skilled Mughals craftsman created much beautiful jewellery using fine gemstones in the royal “karkhana” or workshop of the Mughals. Check out our collection of beautiful customized artificial jewellery on our online page. Ciero Jewels have a collection of beautiful Mughal jewellery check out them.
What kind of jewellery was used in the Mughal era?
Ear ornaments are often seen in the paintings of the Mughals. It is worn by both men and women. Pearl necklace was also worn by the Mughal men and women. From the Mughal period here are some famous earrings, Bali, Mor-Bhanwar, Jhumkas, Kanphool and Papal patti.
What are the characteristics of Mughal jewellery?
Mughal jewellery has the following characteristics: gemstones, enamelling, gemstones encrustation, and the use of precious stones which were uncarved as a royal sign.
What do you understand about Mughal jewellery?
In Mughal jewellery, the only thing that came to mind is the use of heavy gemstones, enamel work and use of gold material. Mughal jewellery can also be made on other metallic bases as well.