Kerala Wedding Jewellery - 7 Best Traditional Neck Pieces

A Kerala wedding is generally a simple affair, even if a large number of guests are invited. That moment when the traditional para has been filled, and the tunes of the nadaswaram and mrindangam throng the room, it is time for the beautiful bride to make her grand entrance, and all eyes will be on her. And as the blushing bride, you want to look your very best on your big day, and a big part of your sumptuous look will be the Kerala wedding jewellery. Whether you decide to wear a traditional white and gold kasavu saree, or a gorgeous Kancheevaram saree, the right kind of jewellery is what will make the Malayali bride’s look complete. The love that Malayalees have for gold is legendary and their love for gold is paralleled by their love for alcohol and food!

So, there may be pressure on you to wear a lot of gold on your wedding day. Just bear in mind that your Kerala wedding jewellery does not overshadow your outfit for the day. There are many modern designs for the bride to choose from, but Kerala has its own traditional jewellery that would be perfect with both Kancheevaram as well as Kasavu sarees. The most wonderful thing about this traditional jewellery is how it draws inspiration from nature, from religion and even the food! These are a great alternative for Malayali brides who are tired of conventional wedding jewellery. These designs are indeed elegant and timeless and can never go out of style:

Kerala Wedding Jewellery – Lakshmi Mala

Kerala Wedding Jewellery - Laxmi mala

Via: Source

In Hindu tradition, the Goddess Lakshmi is considered the harbinger of wealth, material and spiritual prosperity. And when it comes to weddings, the Goddess Lakshmi is definitely an auspicious omen. A staple of traditional Kerala wedding jewellery, the Lakshmi Mala typically features small gold coins strung together. At the center of each coin, is a tiny image of the Goddess Lakshmi.

Palakka Mala

Kerala Wedding Jewellery - Palakka Mala

Via: Source

The traditional Palakka Mala is a combination of emerald and rubies that is set in a unique design made of gold, as in the image you can see below

[Read More: Bridal Bangles]

Kerala Wedding Jewellery Designs – Manga Mala

Manga Mala

Via: Source

Manga literally translates to mango. The manga mala consists of small, fine paisley (or mango) shaped pendants that are strung together in a necklace. These individual mango shaped pendants could further be engraved with exquisite designs to give that special look.

[Read More: Kerala Bridal Makeup]

Avil Mala

Avil Mala

Via: Source

This traditional necklace design draws its inspiration from the flattened rice that we eat. The gold is flattened and shaped to look like individual grains of flattened rice, which is then strung together to make the necklace.

Kerala Wedding Jewellery Sets – Pulinakha Mala

Pulinakha Mala

Via: Source

Pulinakham literally translates to “tiger’s nail”. This is generally made out of emerald or rubies that are cut to look like a curved tiger’s nail. These are strung together to give you one of the most spectacular and classic malayali gold jewellery you will ever see.

Kerala Wedding Jewellery Online – Karimani Mala

Kerala Wedding Jewellery Sets- Karimani Mala

Via: Source

Karimani mala is usually one of the longer pieces of Kerala wedding jewellery. It consists of tiny black beads which are interspersed with golden beads of the same size. There are some small pendants too that are often attached mid-way. This looks a bit like the North-Indian mangalsutra. But, it remains one of the most popular and gorgeous pieces of jewellery that you could own.

Pathakam

Pathakam

Via: Source

Pathakam is one of the quintessential pieces of wedding jewellery that is a must-have in the Malayali bride’s trousseau. This consists of a thin, simple golden necklace, at the centre of which is a gorgeous pendant that stands alone in all its glory. This is usually the very first necklace in the bride’s jewellery that sits closest to her neck. The pendant traditionally has an engraving of Goddess Lakshmi, but these days, getting your favourite deity engraved on it, is no big deal. The pendant may also be studded with some gorgeous emeralds or rubies.

These are just some of the common traditional Kerala wedding jewellery. So, go ahead, get shopping, and get ready to be the most gorgeous “malayali manga” on your special day.

SHARE THIS STORY ON FACEBOOK