No matter what the age is,jhumkas have been here for quite a long time. They are not only classy, but are timeless. Wear a sari, spot a bindi, and wear those gorgeous old world charm, and you are sure to turn heads wherever you go. And every woman loves a dingle dangle set of jhumkas. It is eternal, and every type of jhumkas haspoetry of their own. While most prefer jhumkas strictly with more traditional wear, one could experiment for a more bohemian look. Such is its appeal, and does not mind being subjected to experiment. There are many types of jhumkas ranging from simple and short to those that are long, intricate and exquisite. Let us have a look at some:
- The Gujarati style jhumka is oxidized, and very popular, more so during the time of Navratri, the nine day long festival. Most prefer to wear it with ghagra-cholis, as they seem to complement each other.
- The Meenakarijhumka hails from Rajasthan. These are enameled and are colourful. Most of the jhumkas from this family have floral design with bright and vibrant colors and work.Meenakari artists paint and ornament the jewelry. These are also very handy if you are extremely colour conscious and like matching jewelries with your outfit.
- There are jhumkas in Kundan work, and these are made of gold.
- Another one is jhumkas with hoops. These are the most common ones and add a quirky look. They add a persona to your own bohemian spirit. These can be matched with traditional attires as well as harem pants with a kurti or a plain top.
- If you do not like long dangling jhumkas, watch out for those dainty delicate conical-shaped jhumkas. Some contain small pearls while many have round gold tassels. These can be worn both with formals as well as casuals.
- The silver jhumkas can be accessorized according to one’s tastes. It goes with saris, salwar suits and Indo-western clothes. These come in both precious silver as well as imitations.
- Among others, one of the most well-known jhumkasare Kashmiri Jhumkas. These come in Gold and are fused with colours like red and green. A striking feature of this type of jhumkas is the design of peacock, which seems to be universally present in varying shapes.
- The South-Indian Jhumka is another school in the art of jhumka-making. They are also often referred to as temple jewelry, one finds in Indian mythology. These come mostly in red and green. They are considered auspicious, supposed to be good luck charms, and worn during festivals.
- It would be wrong to assume that only the rich can afford to adorn themselves with heavy sets. Even among the rural landscape, jhumkas have an appeal of their own. The ones found in the rural areas are personalized, with varieties in designs and shapes, found in manycolours. These are mostly found as imitations, rather than pure gold or/and silver.
- Another is that of terracotta jhumkas, a clay based design, found in both glazed as well as unglazed surface. These are shaped first into a desired shape and dried. Following this they are heated, and finally burnished. The colours are diverse ranging from yellow and orange to red and brown.
Now, that we have looked into the different types of jhumkas, let us look at the places they are found. Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh is commonly referred to as “The Jhumka City”. Rajasthan is well known for Meenakari designs. Gujarat, South India, Bengal and Kashmir are some of the well-known areas where Jhumkas are found. New Delhi is a haven for jhumka enthusiasts. The markets of Old Delhi are adorned with various types of jhumkas, a mix of heavy to the small, simple elegant dangle earrings. The prices vary here adding a delight to all kinds of jhumka shoppers and hunters.
Women love jhumkas. If one looks at its popularity, one can safely assume that this artwork is a paradise in itself, never to die or fade away. Jhumkas have been persistent throughout History, continuously evolving and still continues to evolve. It has a human-like force if one peeks through the looking glass, adapting and re-inventing with Time and History.