South Indian Temple Coin Necklace Set
Temple Necklace Set is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewellery involving a gem set with gold foil between the stones and its mount, usually for elaborate necklaces. The method is believed to have originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is one of the older forms of jewellery made and worn in India. The word Temple Necklace Set means highly refined gold, and a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used.
Temple Necklace Set , also known as Bikaneri or Jaipuri jewellery, is a popular variation, wherein enameling with vivid colours and designs is on the reverse, while the Temple Necklace Set setting is in the front. The city of Jaipur in Rajasthan has traditionally been the centre for Temple Necklace Set jewellery in India.
Temple Necklace Set flourished under royal patronage during the Mughal era. Over the years, the Temple Necklace Set jewellery of the courts was successfully copied in silver in Rajasthan, Bihar and the Punjab and became popular with the common man.
It remains an integral part of the traditional bridal wedding trousseau. Traditional settings, including the thappa and ras rawa, are experiencing a revival. Most recently, in the 2008 epic film, Jodhaa Akbar, the lead character portrayed by Aishwariya Rai was extensively shown wearing Temple Necklace Set jewellery, highlighting its influence among Rajasthani royalty.
In 2006, “Temple Necklace Set” and Temple Necklace Set jewellery Kada contributed the largest share of both market value and volume (73 per cent) in the Indian jewellery market.