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Supporting Local Crafts – Indian Jewellery Techniques that Have Stood the Test of Time

As a label we take immense pride in our products and their journey around the world. To witness women all over the world adorning and gracing our jewelry that has been conceptualised and crafted in India fascinates us even today. Looking inwards, our journey in India has been equally special. The past 10 years have been altering because the modern Indian woman found herself in new dynamic roles inspiring her to want more from her fashion choices which has enabled the Indian fashion businesses like Zariin to truly flourish. As we are reeling under the effects of Covid-19 disease, the support of our local customers has been overwhelming. By supporting our creations, not only are you helping a business survive but helping some age crafting techniques remain relevant. Every piece of jewelry, however modern or contemporary it looks, has an age old crafting technique behind it, some dating back to the Indus Valley Civilisation era which is around 5000 years back. Every Zariin piece carries with it a history of the development of human craft and a wonder of what talented set of hands can create. So by supporting local crafts, you are actually supporting a legacy of craft. 

We take you through some Indian jewellery techniques that have stood the test of time and are behind some of our most memorable collections to inspire you in supporting local crafts.

Filigree

The art of bending metal wires to make lace-like forms is called filigree. Since the ancient times, people in India have been using technique which lends a delicate touch to the jewellery and requires hours of labour and skilful hands. The art is most prominent in the state of Orissa. 

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Shop the Zariin collections using filigree technique – Pearl Delicates and Pearl Kissed Redux
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Shop the Zariin collections using filigree technique – Wedding Edit and Miss to Mrs

Shop the Zariin collections using filigree technique – Wedding Edit and Miss to Mrs

Pearls and Baroque Pearls

Pearls were believed to ward off misfortune. A good reason why they were popular with the royalty. Found in abundance in the south, the medieval times saw the Indian kings and other members of the royal family adorn pearls in various forms. 

Pearls have been mentioned in the Rig Vega which is the oldest of the vedas dating back to 3000 years ago. 

Interestingly, Baroque Pearls have inspired an art movement during the Renaissance. 

In India, we saw them being used in the most spectacular ways. 

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Pearl Kissed is available on special request.
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Bezel Setting

Setting a gemstone with a ring of metal that contours around it closely to hold it in place is known as bezel setting. It is one of the oldest methods to hold a stone in place not only in India but around the world. Most of our jewellery uses this setting owing to its ability to contour around the organic nature of our stones. Interestingly, the oldest setting method is still considered modern and bold when it comes to aesthetics. 

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Zariin collections using Bezel Setting.
Classics and Journey available on special request.
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Zariin collections using Bezel setting.
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Enamelling (Meenakari)

This technique was brought to India by the Mughals. The craft gained popularity when Raja Man Singh of Mewar flaunted it. The craft flourished in the 16th century markets of Jaipur. Craftsmen of Lahore, were brought in by the Raja to set up their base to meet the growing demand and popularity. 

We have used this technique in three of our collections. 

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Ghunghroos

The ghunghroos are the basic must have adornment for most Classical dances of India. When the royal women adopted this accessory in the form of a payal, the sound of the payal would mark their presence during purdah. Ghunghroos are also part of various tribal and gypsy jewellery of India. 

Zariin uses this tinker bell as inspiration in its chunky bohemian rhodium dipped collection – Desert Moon. 

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Zariin uses this tinker bell as inspiration in its chunky bohemian rhodium dipped collection – Desert Moon. 

I hope this inspires you to continue supporting local crafts and making conscious choices in every aspect of life by looking at the deeper meaning of everything.

Stay tuned for more on our Conscious Choices with Zariin campaign. Read through the introduction here.

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