Wedding Jewelry and Its Importance in India

Wedding is one of the most auspicious occasions in any family, be it any part of the world. The rituals and traditions in the wedding are celebrated in their purest forms. Every wedding includes some important elements, without which the celebrations look dull. Jewelry forms the most important part of the bridal trousseau as well as the gifts offered to the bride. The bride gets lucky on her wedding day as she gets to wear beautiful ornaments and get gifted by her close family members too.

Weddings keep a very important place in the Indian culture. The heavy jewelry worn by the Indian brides distinguishes them from brides of other countries. The Indian brides and jewelry have always attracted foreigners because of the beauty they flaunt. The ornaments define the status level of the family and are also sign of prosperity of the new couple, and this is the reason why they are valued so much along with other elements of the Matrimony.

These days, no bride wears traditional gold ornaments for the wedding, because of the increasing prices of gold in the world market and also for the sake of fashion. The brides nowadays like to wear designer lehengas, and to match with the dress, they arrange matching jewelry. The choice of the dress and jewelry is mainly according to the complexion and built of the bride. Exclusive wedding sets are available in the market, which can be bought or taken on rent. The wedding jewelry mainly includes heavy sets that distinguish the bride from other girls.

The bridal set mainly includes: Earrings and necklace, big nose ring, bangles and bracelets, studded rings, Mangtika, finger rings, waist band, arm band, anklets, etc. The bridal sets are available in different types, mainly: Kundan jewelry, studded jewelry, gem stone jewelry, meenakari jewelry, polki jewelry, etc. Designer jewelry is the most popular form of ornaments these days, which not only look very beautiful, but are also affordable.

During the wedding rituals, the bride is gifted with the gold jewelry from her parents or in-laws. The customs in every type of matrimony is different, and it depends region to region that is gifting the bride with the gold jewelry.

In southern India, the weddings are all about gold ornaments. The bride in southern India is heavily decked in gold jewelry including gold necklaces, bangles, earrings, waistbands, etc. In every state of the country, you will find different ornaments which are a must for a bride to wear.

The choice of brides has also shifted from gold to diamonds for security and cost-effectiveness. Diamond rings and mangalsutras are one of the most popular gifts for matrimony these days that a husband gifts to his wife. Beautiful and delicate patterns are available in both white and yellow gold. Diamond studded pendant sets are also very popular for the regular use. Diamonds are loved by all women because of the elegant and subtle look. In short, be it gold or diamond, jewelry is favorite of women, especially during the marriages.

Mother’s Day History and Gift Giving

Because Mother’s Day falls on a different day in the UK than it does in the US, it can make things slightly difficult if you have a website like ours that has visitors from the UK, and the rest of Europe for that matter, and North America. So let’s kick off by first of all reminding you that this year (2009) Mother’s Day falls on 22nd March in the UK and not until 10th May in the USA.

In the UK, Mother’s Day as all good churchgoers will know, falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent and is known as Mothering Sunday.

In the 16th century, it became a tradition for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church, the main church or Cathedral of the area rather than their local, smaller church, once a year. The date for this became the middle Sunday in Lent.

As now, many people worked away from home throughout the year, so their visit to their mother church became an occasion for family reunions. Centuries later domestic servants and apprentices were given this day off so that they could visit their mother and the rest of their family. It became an opportunity for children to give their mother a gift.

Inspired by the British church, North America celebrates Mother’s Day, but not until the second Sunday in May. I can’t imagine Mothering Sunday not being celebrated in church by the earliest settlers, but most historic records tell that US Mother’s Day was imported by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War. Howe intended it as a call to unite women against war and she wrote a Mother’s Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament.

Her idea was influenced by Ann Jarvis who worked through the Civil War for better sanitary conditions for both sides through what she called Mother’s Work Days.

Jarvis died in 1905 and her daughter, Anna, started a crusade to found a memorial day for women. In 1907, she handed out five hundred white carnations at her mother’s church – one for each mother in the congregation. The following year the first Mother’s Day service was celebrated on 10th May.

Like other Christian festivals, commerce has taken over this religious celebration, but nonetheless, it does give children of all ages the opportunity to thank their mother by presenting them with a gift or simply by doing the washing up!

For both the flower and jewelry industries Mother’s Day is a very important day in the calendar. This year we have selected a range of Mother’s Day Gifts in Silver, some of which can be engraved with a special message that any mother would love to receive.

Fathers Day Cards and Gifts

Dads are underappreciated, there’s no denying it because few expect to get anything on Fathers Day and the number of people who celebrate this day isn’t big. The celebrations aren’t anywhere as big as the ones for mothers day. Neglecting fathers doesn’t just end here, have you ever noticed how the funny fathers day cards are different from the funny mothers day cards? The cards for dad always take a jibe at one of his habits in a way that’s sarcastic rather than funny.

If you don’t plan on getting your dad a gift the least you can do is get him a nice card. There’s nothing wrong with a funny card but it shouldn’t be the kind of funny where you laugh at your dad, it should be the kind where you can both laugh. Of course the whole not giving dad a gift isn’t right, he deserves one just as much as your mom does.

You might not have a lot of money put aside for a fathers day gift but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something for your dad. Affordable fathers day gifts are easier to find than affordable gifts for mom. There isn’t that ridiculous pressure to buy expensive jewelry or have a ton of flowers and balloons delivered to mom, there’s just him and his much simpler needs. Fathers day is a pretty much quiet holiday that no one really makes a big deal of partly because men will never admit that getting a little encouragement or some sort of acknowledgment for their paternal role is important to them but also because a lot of people have a limited idea of what gifts for dads are like.

If you’re the kind who thinks that gadgets or sports are the only kinds of gifts that work for this day then you’re dead wrong and if that’s what’s kept you from giving dad a nice gift all these years, then you need a wake-up call. Just because a bunch of magazines are telling you to buy the ‘shiny new thing’ at the electronics store for your dad, doesn’t mean you just have to buy it and or you’ll get arrested.

There are a million other kinds of gifts that you can give your dad without burning a hole in your wallet. Fathers day gift baskets are one of them and fruit bouquets are another. Men love anything and everything to do with food so these gifts are an excellent idea. The fruit bouquets might interest dad even more if you get him one in a race car container (although the container variety is huge and has other stuff). Always try and find new things to gift your dad instead of staring at all those ads that tell how you can’t afford something for him.