The Less Appreciated Art Work: Jewellery Making

Every one, without failure wears a piece of jewellery. Be it a ring, a necklace or a simple chain made from any metal. When we buy and wear the product all we remember is that the product is beautiful. We all forget to acknowledge the craftsmanship involved in making that piece of jewellery.

The craftsmanship and that too handmade craftsmanship is still required and involved in this age of machinery. The machine can cut and scale a piece of metal but there are certain things, though how much intricate they may be, it requires the touch of the expert craftsman to give that finish.

Let’s talk about Indian jewellery making craftsmanship itself. Things like ‘Meenakari’, ‘Nakashi’, and ‘Jadau’. These are the terms that are used in the world of jewellery. These terms came into being because of the work that was performed by the craftsman. Let’s take the term one by one.

Meenakari is the art work that is done on the jewellery using fusion of colours on the jewellery. The word meenakari has its origin from the Persian word meaning heaven. Or the azure colour of heaven.

Similarly nakashi is the intricate work that the craftsman performs on during jewellery making on the neckpieces, earrings or rings. It is a detail work that is performed on each piece of jewellery. This art work adds life to the lifeless metal and makes it worth wearing.

Jadau is another form of craftsmanship that was introduced to India by the Mughals and never left. The love of jadau jewellery has since then increased by leaps and bounds only. Jadau is a form of craftsmanship where the craftsman embosses the precious and semi-precious gemstones onto the gold ornaments to give it a royal look. People of Rajasthan and Gujrat specialise in this art work.

So, next time you pick a piece, appreciate the effort put-in by the craftsmen.