Jewels of Bengal


Jewels of Bengal ........


Bengal has always been a major center of art, culture and literature. Bengali literature is one of the oldest available literature in the world, through which the readers round the globe got acquainted with the rich culture of this state. The Bengali culture is known for its diverse art forms, music and dance. Jewels of Bengal are also very famous and has unique style . 

Gold, precious stones, silver, brass and zinc alloys are the main metals used in the making of jewellery in West Bengal. Swankars, the caste involved in jewellery making, make jewellery for the affluent higher class as well as the traditional tribal ornament typical of the State of West Bengal. Rose water sprinkle , pendans, brooches, armlets, hair pins etc are some of the examples of good and unique craftmenship of Bengal.

There is a lot of similarity in the filigree work of the Maukhali area of Bengal with that of the type found in Orrisa. Both techniques, kundan setting of uncut gems as well as the open claw setting of multifaceted gems, are practiced today alongwith an European influence of high tech sophisticated gadgetry used for polishing and cutting.
The trend which is very popular now-a- days is for lighter ornaments and intricate work which demands a lot skill from the craftsmen. Tribal designs are still preferred as they still retain the essentials of traditional jewellery and also enable the costumes to gel with accessories of hair clasps, hair pins, necklaces and nose rings.
Tikli, a traditional West Bengal forehead ornament worn by Bengali brides on the central parting of her hair, are laced with a string of pearls and studded with a precious stone or beautiful gold or silver design incorporated with excellent craftsmanship.

Kaan which is a traditional ornament worn on the ear is made up of thin sheets of gold or silver that cover the entire ear. It embedded with precious stones and is worn on special occasions.

Chik or a gold choker almost an inch wide and studded with diamonds or precious stones is worn around the neck during traditional gatherings and social occasions. A necklace having five to seven strands of precious stones or beads is known as a Pancha or Sapta lahiri.

Hunsuli, traditionally worn by Muslim women, is being worn by several women of West Bengal now. It is made in finely crafted silver and is worn snugly around the neck.
Baju, tabiz or tagaa are the traditional ornaments worn around the arm which are delicate hollow bangles expertly crafted in gold or silver.

Choories or bangles, the ornaments worn around the wrists are of many designs and are mainly crafted in gold or silver. Married Bengali women wear bangles made of conch shell followed by iron ones symbolizing married status which is then followed by a kankan or a thick gold or silver bangle is considered auspicious and has filigreed decorations.Kankan is considered auspicious because of the makara pair or the mythical crocodile heads at the ending point of the circle.
Chur is a bracelet which is crafted in pure gold and can be traced in the olden paintings and sculptures.

Ratanchur is made in gold and silver and has its origin from the Mughal culture. It begins from five fingers followed in each hand and thumb and ratanchur has five chains attached to each ring .Many of these have decorated moon, lotus and sun at the back of the hand. The jewelers take proper care in making each item.

Mantasha is an elegant Bengali bangle embedded with precious stones and pure pearls. Married ladies are seen wearing toe rings accompanied by plain or designed chains on their ankles having small bells hanging. These are called payals .

here , I am presenting some of the designs of my upcoming jewellery exhibition inspired by the beauty of Bengal and its culture . Also, i am presenting 'Miss Madhumita Banerji' who is undoubtedly a true Bengali beauty suits perfectly with this jewellery collection ..... A big thanks to Madhumita for sending such incredible pictures and a special thanks to Rishabh for making such great portraits of Madhumita which enhances the beauty of these jewellery designs and goes well with the presentation of this blog.

Jewellery Designed by :  Swapnil Shukla
Model :                           Miss Madhumita Banerji
Portraits made by :         Rishabh Shukla

                       - Swapnil Shukla

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  1. wow..........................

    what an amazing blog .its really veryyyy awesome .

  2. great blog + great presentation ..

    @madhumita ji : u r truly bengali beauty ..
    @swapnil ji ..great designs ..hats off ..
    @rishabh ji : wow ..very nice paintings .

    in totality , a great blog ...congrats

    - Anjita Verma



  4. very nice jewellery designs ... fish shaped necklace !!!!! omg !!!! love that ....
    hats off to rishabh ji .....bengali bridal painting is just fabulous .. can i used this lovely painting as my wallpaper please?
    a new face at swapnil saundarya : Miss Madhumita ... omg !!!!! what a beauty .

    last but not the least , Hats off to swapnil ji for proving once again that why your readers come to your blog again and again . keep going !!!!!!

    Astha Sharma

  5. so many beautiful things at one place . swapnil saundarya rocks................

    Gagan deep

  6. what a great presentaion ..................... a big round of applause for this blog .
    - Vicky Narang

  7. truly informative blog .nice to know abt the specialties of bengali jewelery. presentation is xtra - ordinary


  8. डॉ . प्रभा चतुर्वेदी5 July 2013 at 07:26

    स्वप्निल जी ! आप क्या स्वप्न नगरी से साक्षात उतर कर आईं हैं ????????? इतनी सुंदरता मेरे आस- पास तो नहीं .... मुझे शब्द नहीं मिल रहे कि मैं आपके द्वारा डिज़ाइन करे बेमिसाल आभूषणों की तारीफ करुँ ..... आपकी मॉडल मधुमिता जी की या फिर इन नायाब चित्रकारी की ....कितनी खूबसूरती से उतारी गई कलाकृ्तियाँ मानो अभी बोल पड़ेगी ......... विश्वास नहीं होता कि इतने प्रतिभाशाली लोगों की सुंदर प्रतिभाओं को एक जगह . देखकर .. वाकई आपका ब्लॉग स्वप्निल सौंदर्य - सुंदरता का ज्वलंत उदाहरण है. आभार !

    - डॉ . प्रभा चतुर्वेदी , आगरा

  9. Rashmita Agnihotri5 July 2013 at 07:26

    wow.. beautiful . NO WORDS . Kudos !

    - Rashmita Agnihotri

  10. Thanks for sharing such great info on bengali jewellery .
    presenation is awesome . love all the designs and paintings .
    @ madhumita : you are really beautiful dear :)

    * Smita Kumari

  11. Ashish Srivastava5 July 2013 at 07:36

    excellent designs . i love the way you presented it . the model is very beautiful . congrats

    - Ashish Srivastava

  12. संतोष .5 July 2013 at 07:37

    वाह ! नि: शब्द हूँ . पता नहीं कहाँ से तारीफ करुँ और कैसे तारीफ करुँ . स्वप्निल जी ,आपकी सोच में इतनी विवधता है , सबसे पहले तो इसका राज़ बताइये .... बंगाल पर आधारित गहने ..... सराहनीय हैं और इस चिट्ठे पर उनका इतना उत्कृ्ष्ठ प्रस्तुतिकरण लाजवाब है .इसके लिए आपको बधाई .
    मधुमिता जी की आँखे बहुत सुंदर हैं ......इनकी बेमिसाल खूबसूरती , इनकी खूबसूरती को और ओज प्रदान करती ऋषभ जी की बेजोड़ व जादूई चित्रकारी और उस पर आपके द्वारा डिज़ाइन किए गए गहने . वाह !!!!
    सौंदर्य का प्रतीक आपके ब्लॉग में इस बार खूबसूरती को एक नया आयाम दिया गया है ,जो अद्वितीय है .

    - संतोष .

  13. madumita ji's eyes are soo deep like ocean ..... thanks swapnil ji for presenting this bengali beauty in front of us ..there is a spark in her and she is really artistic ..Rishabh ji has done a great job by painted her beauty on canvas . and what to say about your jewellery .................its " MIRACULOUS " .
    to sum up , great blog with great presentation . kudos :)

    Ajeet Verma

  14. plz do mention the venue , dates and timings ........ i wanna be a part of this jewellery exibition . designs are sooo wonderful that i want all of them in my collection . BTW i saw your online magazine ...its great to know that now my fav. blog is available as online magazine ..... its a gift for your readers ..thanks ..keep sharing knowledge ..... keep sharing beauty .

    - Mridula Tripathi

  15. Very pleasing and informative . thanks for sharing this .

    Jai Prabhu

  16. अनमोल पाठक5 July 2013 at 07:48

    बहुत खूबसूरत ब्लॉग .
    बधाई .

    - अनमोल पाठक

  17. extra ordinary work . swapnil ji , you have presented the beauty of bengal through your jewellery .its truly praiseworthy.
    very unique and innovative presentation . That Girl Madhumita is very pretty and has very striking features and her paintings enhances the aesthetic value of this blog .

    - Nisheeth Rai

  18. A very nice combination of beauty , art and design .hats off to you miss swapnil shukla . keep going !

    Alka Bajpai

  19. उदिता पाल6 July 2013 at 05:37

    बढ़िया जानकारी व चित्रांकन . आभार

    उदिता पाल

  20. Kanika Mukherji6 July 2013 at 05:55

    awesome +great + attractive + fascinating blog . keep up the good work .
    i m also a bengali girl from kolkata and Madhumita , dear u r simply fabulous .thanks... all the bengalis will proud on u . best wishes .
    swapnil ji ...... respect +respect+respect ......... for u . you are a true beauty .

    ^^ Kanika Mukherji

  21. This is an extremely glamorous blog .
    swapnil ji , i want your ezine's subscription .what i have to do for that ?
    how can i become a member of your blog ..plz tell . i tried a lot but i think something technically went wrong ..plz check that .

    - NIkhIl GoEL

  22. Mesmerizing beauty.
    beautiful blog . congrats swapnil ji .best of luck for your online magazine . i will definitely read it regularly.

    Rani Mittal

  23. outstanding designs and presentation . keep it up.

    Kapil Jain

  24. शानदार चिट्ठा . मनमोहक व अति सुंदर प्रस्तुतिकरण . बधाई

    - अनू चावला


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