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Meenakari Jewels
Meenakari Jewels

Meenakari or Meena Kari or Mina Kari is an art of adorning various types of metals by painting them with vibrant colors in dramatic decorations of birds, flowers and leaves. A lot of variations can be seen in Meenakari work depending on whether the varnish has to appear opaque, transparent or translucent.

Origin
Historical evidence say, Persia originated Meenakari work, and later Mughals who invaded India brought it here. Gradually, with the course of time association of Meenakari work with cultural heritage of Rajasthan increased.  Hence, today Jaipur is the hub of Meenakari work, and craftsmen from Jaipur are renowned for producing Meenakari work. A wide range of intricate and creative designs on countless jewelry accessories, is the outcome. Meenakari gold is primarily done in Jaipur, Benaras and Delhi. Silver enameling or Meenakari is majorly done in Udaipur, Bikaner and Nathdwara whereas glass enameling is done in Pratapgarh.

The Making

Meenakari work is done by elegantly blending discrete pieces  of coloured glass powders. Craftsmen engage the use of various mineral oxides to emerge deliberate colors. Powder of various precious and semiprecious stones is also involved in coloring process, other than glass usage.

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Trending Oxidized Jewellery..
Trending Oxidized Jewellery..

Oxidised jewelry is back in trend with all its charm and fine craftsmanship. The beauty of black silver is often related to that of moons glowing spark! And the fact that oxidised jewellery gels with all skin tones makes it even more fascinating and hence enhances the charm of it. Because of its increasing demand and constant growing popularity, many artisans come forward with excellent innovating pieces in terms of designs. Ranging from neck pieces to earrings or nose spins or bangles or bracelets, each of them are favourites for all women who wish to have modern ethnic look or classy indo-western look. All age group females love to flaunt themselves in these gorgeous set of lovely oxidised pieces whether they are in college or at work or decking up for a party.

The thought of wearing real jewelry stuff at the occasion to feel prestigious, no longer persists. In fact, it's the time when oxidized jewelry is enthusiastically accepted by all status groups of the society. The loveliest part of it is that you can team it up with any type of outfits, be it traditional or trendy modern look. It always adores on any look you want to go with. Neither it's a burden on your pocket. You can always have multiple pieces without compromising on your budget because they aren't so expensive.

One more great quality of this type of jewelry is that it can be found in abundance variety, designs and colors. Hence, could be easily mixed and matched the way you want it to be and is favourite among the fashionistas because of this reason.

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Richness of handmade jewelry since ages…
Richness of handmade jewelry since ages…

Jewelry that is made by hand and minimal usage of machines. In earlier times, members of the elite and rich family had their own jewelers who designed excellent jewelry with their hands according to specific needs. Even though many new jewelers have come up, but the old tradition of handmade jewelry is still into existence and holds much of importance.
Handmade jewellery pieces were created as an indication of one's identity and social status. Personalized handmade jewellery is an important part of identifying past cultures.

Almost all jewellery was made by hand until recent years. Some handmade jewellery items could be found in museums, date back thousands of years. Archaeological digs have revealed primitive jewellery items like stone carvings, carved bones or animal teeth strung together that were likely worn as jewellery and found in burial sites of many ancient cultures.

Throughout history, the craftspeople that made handmade jewellery were classified as individual artisans that personalised each piece. In the Middle Ages, artisans passed on knowledge to apprentices who would improve on handmade jewellery techniques. After the Victorian era, mass produced jewellery started to surface, after generations of apprenticeships and professional artistry had refined handmade jewellery techniques. The manufacture of jewellery on a larger scale came about with improved methods of reproduction and society was better able to afford jewellery due to changing economic factors.

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Gracing your favorite jewelry pieces
Gracing your favorite jewelry pieces

You’ve scoured the Internet and finally found the piece of handmade jewelry that was destined to be worn by you. The color matches your eyes, the dangle on the earring is precisely the length you prefer and that bracelet is the ideal accent to your favorite dress. In short: One of a kind perfection.
Now that you’ve found this oh-so-ideal soulmate accessory, how can you ensure that it lasts for years to come? Most women simply make the purchase and then give nary a thought to properly caring for an item to make sure it lasts. Though handmade jewelry can be delicate, a few extra precautions means you’ll be wearing it for years–or at least until you find your next soul mate.

STORING JEWELRY:
That tangle of necklaces, bracelets and earrings on the top of your dresser isn’t doing anyone any good. It will only frustrate you when you’re trying to accessorize before dashing out the door and it will ruin your beautiful baubles. Do yourself a favor and get into the habit of properly storing jewelry, both handmade and otherwise.

Anything silver should be kept in a jewelry box or sealed container to prevent air and moisture induced tarnishing. Hang non-silver necklaces or bracelets on a hook to prevent tangling, a small earring stand or even the rim of a cute teacup can be used to hold and protect your earrings. Rings and brooches should be placed in a jewelry box or drawer; avoid piling them in a basket or bowl as this will only scratch and damage the items.

 

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Why Handmade Jewelry is so Popular
Why Handmade Jewelry is so Popular

Handmade Jewelry

Handmade Jewelry has gained a lot of importance and fame since generations and is continuing to gain popularity all over the world. There are many reasons which contribute to the same.
Handmade jewelry is attractive, affordable and most importantly unique. It is a jewelry that has been crafted and assembled by hand rather than using machines. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why handmade jewelry is so popular and what are its benefits:

Superior Quality — Not Machine Made

What makes handmade jewelry so unique is that each piece of jewelry is handcrafted individually by skilled artisans. There is no use of machines. Craftsmen take time to create jewelry that is exclusive in design and pattern be it handmade necklaces, silver jewelry, earrings, bracelets, and rings in silver, gold, or diamond. Artisans create unique gemstone jewelry with rare and beautiful loose gemstones in exquisite designs that are high in aesthetic value.
In other words, handcrafted jewelry boasts of uniqueness that machine made jewelry lacks. And since it is handcrafted, it is of superior quality than machine-made pieces.

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