The Diversity in Handcrafted Earrings

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“People will stare, make it worth their while”
                                          - Harry Winston

 

It’s all fun and games until it comes to choosing the right pair of earrings. Whether an experimentalist or someone bold, everyone wants to treat themselves to something beautiful. From the shape of the face to lifestyle, several factors are deemed important while choosing the perfect pair of earrings. Most of all, the chosen pair of earrings must tune in with the personality of the one wearing them. When chosen correctly, a perfect pair of earrings amplifies the persona of a person. A pair of earrings can make a statement to the audience without uttering a single word. It adds color to life and enhances the beauty of a person. When chosen wisely, an earring can help make a soft complement or a bold statement.

 

Handcrafted items help in preserving the traditional knowledge and talent of a given region. The use of indigenous materials and local techniques helps in preserving the art forms of a given region. From quality to detail, several benefits can be realized from a handcrafted artifact that cannot be otherwise found in machine-made products. Handcrafted items help make a cultural statement, which cannot be made using machine-made products. Handicrafts represent the uniqueness of the culture, tradition, and heritage of a particular region. The diversification found in the kind of handicrafts in India is beyond imagination. Every nook and corner of the country has a cultural persona, giving way to a unique form of art and craft of its own. Each piece of jewellery has a story behind it, told by the form, design, material, and color, with some stories being thousands of years old.

 

We present to you the various kinds of handmade earrings of latest designs and earrings in trend to help you choose the perfect pair of earrings for the perfect occasion.

Dokra Earrings

The craft of Dokra Art or Dokra Jewellery making is the oldest form of craftsmanship practiced in India and is the earliest method of casting non-ferrous metals known to humans. The origins of the craft can be traced back to the Harappan Civilization. The oldest piece of Dokra Art is the dancing girl of Indus Valley which is over 4500 years old, and not much has changed in the process the entire time. Presently the form of jewellery making is practiced in limited clusters of the eastern part of India, mainly in limited tribal belts of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

Dokra Earrings

Tribal designs coupled with a rustic look make it “The” Indian jewellery set perfect for ceremonies and traditional gatherings. With the intervention of the government and various organizations, a surge in the demand for Dokra Jewellery has been evidenced of late. The material used for making Dokra earrings is scrap brass which is melted and pored inside a cast. The cast is prepared by plastering clay over a form made of wax which contains all the details expected to be present in the final piece of the jewellery. After the clay is hardened in the sun, the wax is melted and poured out via a small hole to give room to the melted scrap brass metal.

A rustic tribal design, cost-effectiveness and the presence of a great number of designs are making the earrings wildly popular among the millennial populace. Couple the pair of Dokra earrings with a saree or other traditional attire to get that perfect coveted Indian look. Being in demand for the last 4000 years or so, it is highly unlikely that the form will go out of trend anytime soon.

You can check our entire collection of contemporary and traditional handmade Dokra earrings on:

https://ethnicache.com/collections/dhokra-jewelry

 

Jute Earrings

Another form of craftsmanship gaining prominence nowadays is the art of making jute jewellery. Also called the golden fiber, jute can be woven into long coarse threads which can then be used for weaving and jewellery making. The art of jute jewellery making is strictly limited to certain regions of West Bengal and Assam, which are the largest producers of jute in the country. Along with jute, several other naturally occurring materials like paddy and beads made of wood, are used in the process to give the jewellery pieces a more traditional look.

Jute Earrings

In recent decades, the demand for jute has increased manifold primarily on account of its number of uses. Besides jewellery, jute can be used for some other purposes such as the weaving of textiles and making of home décor. Apart from being cost-effective, jewellery items made of jute are sturdy and durable which adds to their demand. Another major benefit associated with jute is that it is a hundred percent biodegradable and recyclable, which makes it the most preferred material for the environmentally friendly millennial populace. Unlike Dokra, in which the option is restricted to a single color, jute earrings can be found in many different hues.

 

Ethnic design coupled with environmental friendliness and cost-effectiveness makes jute earrings the perfect accessory for the environmentally conscious and ethnic millennial. Wear the pair of earrings with a jute necklace for the perfect ethnic look. Adorn the pieces with an ethnic outfit to get the coveted ethnic Indian look.

 

You can check our entire collection of contemporary and traditional handmade Jute Earrings on:

https://ethnicache.com/collections/jute-jewelry-sets

 

Terracotta Earrings

Made from natural clay and adorned with various hues, the demand for terracotta jewellery is seen to be increasing daily. Unlike other forms of clay, terracotta is waterproof and highly sturdy. Terracotta is generally glazed to add to the sturdiness. Besides jewellery and other handicrafts, terracotta has been a common material used for the making of religious figurines since ancient times. The origins of terracotta art can be traced back to 1500 B.C. The art of handcrafted terracotta jewellery making is extensively practiced in West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat, some parts of Uttar Pradesh and several South Indian states. From the molding of the clay to the desired shape to the baking of the pieces in the sun, the process is tedious.

Terracotta Earrings

Terracotta earrings are becoming a product of choice mainly for the college-going people as the pieces are sturdy, vibrant, eco-friendly and cost-effective. Unlike jute and Dokra earrings, which are mostly ethnic, contemporary designs are common in terracotta earrings. Unlike the rustic look of the Dokra and the jute earrings, the terracotta earrings are lustrous in their appearance. From religious to tribal and modern designs, the variety that one can get with terracotta can hardly be found in any other form of handmade jewellery.

Extensive competition is making the terracotta craftsmen create newer designs. In several areas, the terracotta jewellery is being created to mimic other forms of jewellery such as Kundan or Meenakari jewellery. Team up a pair of terracotta earrings with a bright modern outfit to get a contemporary look, or adorn it along with a terracotta necklace and an ethnic attire to get a traditional look. The advantage of terracotta jewellery lies in its advantage of being used with several attires such as casual, ethnic and even semi-formal. Simple terracotta earrings can be used casually on office days and the heavier ones can be used as bridal wear for ceremonies or other occasions.

 

You can check our entire collection of contemporary and traditional handmade Terracotta Earrings on:

https://ethnicache.com/collections/terracotta-jewelry

 

Oxidized Earrings

At present, the demand for no other form of handcrafted jewellery can be considered to be at par with the demand for oxidized jewellery. As compared to costlier metals, oxidized jewellery is cost-effective and has a unique look and versatility, which contributes to the wild demand for them at present. There are a great number of designs that can be found concerning oxidized jewellery. Ranging from stonework to enameling, some craft forms can contribute to the added beauty of handmade oxidized earrings. A medieval Indian charm coupled with an ethnic appeal greatly adds to the beauty of the oxidized jewellery pieces.

The origin of the blackening of silver can be traced back to the early days of the first millennium A.D. The process was carried out for the first time to separate the metal from the impurities. The primary compound used for the above process was sulfur. The process of oxidization involves exposing a pure metal such as silver to a compound like sulfur to get the desired effect. The oxidized metal thus obtained can be used for the preparation of a variety of jewellery and other handcrafted items. Many innovations are being brought about by the craftsmen at present including the use of personalization. Another major factor adding to the charm of oxidized jewellery is that it can be complemented with other jewellery pieces including precious gold and silver jewellery.

 

Oxidized Indian jewllery pieces are greatly preferred as bridal wear at present, mostly among the younger populace. The use of oxidized jewellery with saree has been gaining prominence of late. The demand for oxidized pieces is highly seasonal, with the greatest demand being evidenced during the marriage and the festive seasons. Unlike other handcrafted jewellery, some amount of maintenance is required for lengthening the lifespan and the attractiveness of the oxidized jewellery. Cotton swabs can be used as an effective means for the cleaning of oxidized pieces. Oxidized pieces should be protected from hot water and steam to lengthen the life span of the pieces.

 

You can check our entire collection of contemporary and traditional handmade Oxidized Earrings on:

https://ethnicache.com/collections/oxidized-jewelry

 

Silk Thread Earrings

Silk thread jewellery is made of naturally occurring silk thread obtained from silk cocoons. Since naturally occurring silk is high in cost, most of the silk thread jewellery available in the market at present is made of artificial silk. Artificial silk is much more affordable as compared to naturally occurring silk, which makes the silk thread earrings cost-effective. Earrings made of silk thread are completely handmade without the use of any machinery, which adds to the value of the pieces. Many small home-based craftsmen around the country are getting involved in the creation of silk thread jewellery. A great many craftsmen provide customizations to their customers.

 

Silk thread jewellery, especially earrings, is becoming an all-time favorite of women of different ages, all around the world. The versatility adds to the demand for the jewellery made with silk thread. The pair of earrings can be a perfect match with any attire, be it a casual outfit or a traditional one. One of the major benefits of silk thread earrings over other earrings is that, it is extremely lightweight. Further, unlike several other handcrafted earrings, silk thread earrings are available in many different hues. Silk thread earrings are available in a great number of designs – tassel, dangers, chandbalis, jhumkas, and many other designs.

Wear the pair of earrings with a silk thread necklace and bangles for the perfectly traditional Indian look. Wear the silk thread jewellery with an ethnic Indian outfit to get the coveted perfect Indian traditional look. The presence of a great variety of silk thread earrings makes it possible to select the perfect pair for any given occasion. Silk thread is increasingly becoming a favorite of the fashion lovers.

 

You can check our entire collection of contemporary and traditional handmade Silk Thread Earrings on:

https://ethnicache.com/collections/silk-thread-beads-jewelry

 

Bone Earrings

The oldest known jewelry known to humankind was made of bones. Even before writing was invented as a means for communication between humans, beautiful artifacts such as jewellery were used as a gesture of goodwill. A great number of beads and other jewellery used by humans were made of bones of various animals and birds. Initially, the items made of bones were primarily utilitarian artifacts, but eventually, humans started making ornaments out of the bone pieces. The earliest bone jewellery discovered dates back to the Azilian culture, which was as old as the 18th Millennium B.C.

 

From the Native Americans to the Asians, crafting of bones to form beautiful artifacts was practiced in a great number of places around the world. In certain places like the American, the art of bone crafting had attained great sophistication in medieval times. A variety of materials such as turquoise, shell and coral were used for creating beautiful artifacts in the American during the medieval times. In some countries, artifacts made of bones gained a cultural meaning over time, such as the Koru Pendants of New Zealand, which represents purity and peace in the world.

 

Today, bone is crafted into ornaments and other artifacts using modern equipment. The art of bone-crafting has evolved into a full-fledged industry in some countries. In India, the crafting of animal bones to form jewellery is practiced mainly in the north and the north-eastern regions. The crafting of shells is practiced in several coastal regions around the country. Some craftsmen use bone along with other materials such as precious metals for crafting exquisite ornaments.

 

Several designs in bone earrings are available at present. Bone ornaments including earrings are particularly popular as contemporary pieces among teens and the younger generations. Bone earrings go well with modern attire to give a tribal chic look. Bone pieces are highly sturdy and in many instances are cost-effective, which makes them popular. Bone jewellery, when used with the proper attire, can be given a perfect look. Other modern ornaments can be used along with the bone earrings to add an element of beauty.

 

Others

Other than the kinds of earrings mentioned above, a variety of other earrings are available. From paper to wood, a great many materials are used for handcrafting earrings around the country. The advent of newer tools is leading to the creation of newer forms of art and more intricate designs of earrings. Each region of the country has a unique style of its own, which is reflected in the jewellery pieces produced in the region.

 

The great number of variations in handmade jewellery makes it possible to find the perfect piece for the perfect occasion. One factor contributing to evolution is experimentation. A change in demands and trends is making craftsmen experiment with newer forms, designs, and materials. While newer kinds of ornaments are emerging regularly, the older kinds of ornaments, such as those made of terracotta; jute and Dokra have retained their charm for thousands of years and will continue doing so far into the future. With the advent of online stores, people are finding it easier to get the perfect ornament much easily. A transfusion of culture and technology has made choosing the right earrings much easier.

 


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