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Why do We Wear Jewelry? What is the Purpose of It?

Have you ever sat to wonder why we wear jewelry? 

With the lockdown in place and with all the time on hand, I started thinking about why jewelry was invented.  It couldn’t have been just to look beautiful, and if so then why earrings, bangles, rings and so on…why not something more or different?

Wearing jewelry has become second nature to us, it is an essential accessory for us women. However, we still do not know so much about it. I decided to research into what was the particular reason jewelry pieces were created. There is much to be found about the deep roots of the history of science and jewelry

Here are some very insightful logical and scientific reasons behind every piece of jewelry worn by women in India.


Ear Adornments - Earrings

Did you know that by applying the right amount of pressure on the earlobes, you can boost the health of the kidneys and the bladder. An important nerve in your ear connects your cervix, brain and kidney.

A more spiritual explanation suggests that evil spirits are said to enter the body through the ear and it was found that metal can repel them. Ornaments were said to protect all women against evil. Thus came about the creation of earrings.


Nath - The Sensual Nose Ring

This dainty piece of jewelry worn on the nose is known as a nath and is popular for its unique appearance. It accentuates the subtle features of a woman’s nose and is actually quite sensual. Ayurveda claims when pieced near a particular node on the nostril, it helps to lessen the pain during monthly periods. Women have their nose pieced on the left side since the nerves leading from the left nostril are associated with the female reproductive organs. Piercing the nose at this position helps in easing childbirth.


Bangles – Playful Jewelry Pieces

As you all must have experienced at your visit to a doctor, the pulse at the wrist is always checked for all ailments.   It is believed that the friction between the bangles and skin increase the wearers blood circulation which reverts energy that is passing though her outer skin into her body. One’s energy is not wasted but re-vibrated back into the body. Bangles have been found in archaeological sites in India dating back to 2000 B.C. The first bangles were made of copper, bronze, agate and shell.


Necklace - The Ornamental Collar

It is believed that women used to wear necklaces close to the heart as it helped to control emotions and strengthen the bonds of love. Necklaces made of gold attract a stronger flow of bliss. The waves associated with emotions would transmit in the body of the woman and hence her environment.  Women would wear different layers of necklaces, therefore emitting more levels of bliss in their environment.  Certain stones are known to hold eternal or spiritual powers. The necklace is known as an ornamental collar that brings good luck and is know to ward off the evil eye.


Bichiyas – Toe Rings

Wearing small metal bands on the toes is known to regularize the menstrual cycle.  They hold a great traditional symbol for married woman. The nerves in our toes are connected to the uterus and pass through the heart. It was said when a married woman wore toe rings and did her regular chores, its friction revitalizes her reproductive organs and helps in conceiving.


Kamarbandh – The Weight Watcher

The Kamarbandh, a belly belt was used to maintain a woman’s figure.  They were worn on the hip and made of Silver. It was particularly used to control women from getting fatter and to avoid flab on her sides and belly. Not a bad way to remind ourselves that we ate more than we should have for lunch!


The Wedding Ring – The Band of Love

It is believed that the nerve passing through the fourth finger from the thumb runs directly to the heart and is evenly spread to the entire brain neuron cells.  Frequent metallic friction which is good for the person’s health improves one's general capacity in handling his/her life with ease and confidence.


Maang Tikka - Hair Adornment

Maang Tika is said to control the heat of our body. This gorgeous hair accessory is held by a hook at the center parting of the hair, with the pendant falling on the centre of the forehead. The point where it falls is believed to be the Ajna chakra, which in Sanskrit means “to know or perceive”.

The chakra is represented by two petals signifying the holy union of male and female on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.


Mangalsutra – For Thee I Wear

The Mangalsutra destroys the distressing vibrations present in the Universe through its Energy of the Absolute Fire element. Wearing a mangalsutra is the most sacred custom in any Hindu wedding. It is made of black beads which are said to absorb all negative vibrations before they can reach the bride. The stringing together of the beads with gold wire has its significance, each bead contributes to making a beautiful necklace, so does the woman have to blend and integrate into the new family after marriage.

It is the symbol of the bond of union between Shiva (husband) and Shakti (wife). In this, the gold symbolises Shakti, while the chain that ties the black beads symbolises Shiva.


The practice of wearing different types of jewelry has a long history since the dawn of time and worn by different cultures around the world.  I hope this little information will give you some insight on how certain pieces of jewelry came about in India and why you wear them.  While I am pretty certain demons won't enter your body through your ears, I am confident that you will enjoy wearing your jewelry with your newfound knowledge.



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