Motifs are required for designing any art. Whether it is jewellery, fashion, furniture, textile or visual arts. What are these motifs, the motif can be an idea, an object or creativity, or we can say a motif differs from a theme. So, Motif means a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors, a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music & unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work. Motif is a unit of design, a particular motif is used in every design that is selected by designer, so a good designer should always be well informed about art, and current events. It is the designers responsibility to translate the stylist concept, with the help of reference material.

Motifs have played an important role in the designing of Jewellery. Designer has always found a way to usually express his abstract ideas. Motif has always been a driving force in jewellery design. Natural motifs are widely used in entire world. An expertly crafted piece of jewellery can capture forever the life-like qualities of an animal on the run, a bird in flight, blooming flowers, butterflies, insects or fish. Such jewellery remains a perennial favourite, never seeming to go out of style.

Indian Jewellery reveals an amazing variety of motif and designs which depict the unceasing process if evaluation in Indian jewellery/ornaments. Most of jewellery have floral and figurative motifs. These motifs have been taken from nature and surrounding environment.


Nothing can out do the simplicity of traditional Indian motifs. When it comes to jewellery designing, the 'aam' or paisley, the floral patterns, the peacock and the curvaceous creeper, top the list as they can easily and beautifully blend in with. "Traditional designs are popular with women. The Indian culture is very relative to the Indian women; even a woman who dresses up in western wear holds the Indian traditions quite close to her heart, which is why even contemporary designs do have traditional motifs. Traditional designs add character to the entire Indian ensemble and they are a statement by themselves."

Jewelry designers are reinterpreting paisleys found in embroidery fabrics and lace motifs of this time period. They are spinning these looks, which range from richly ornate and colorful to embellished yet subtle, into gold with diamond and gemstone accents.

Floral Motifs: Floral motifs have been the most common and best selling pieces for past several years. A design with floral or other plants can be more realistic and stylized in compare of other forms. The Floral design is among the popular motifs in Indian jewellery. The ear ornament, Kanphool, is in the shape of a blooming Motia flower and is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. The Pipal patra (leaf), of Northern India and Gujarat, has a central motif of leaf from which bunches of finely shaped Pipal leaves cascade. It is a symbol of auspicious occasions and abundance.

The Champa, Jasmine flower, is symbolic of fertility. The Champakali motif is a jasmine bud shaped necklace. Each pendant in the shape of a bud is strung together on a thread.

Gajra and Paunchi are worn on the wrist and these too are floral motifs. The Gajra is made in gold and pearls. From a distance they appear as if the base of intertwined gold wire is of golden grass. Paunchi is made of a number of pieces in the shape of a flower. These are strung together and made into a bracelet.


Animal Motifs: Animal motifs are "hot" in the US, with butterflies the best seller. Jewellers try to make animal designs as realistic as possible. "Black, pink, yellow and blue are currently the most popular colours for this type of motif."


Animal and bird motifs have been a favorite with the Indian craftsmen through centuries. It has been a distinct feature of Indian jewellery and has not been seen anywhere else in the world.

The bracelets which have heads of lion and elephants too have their own significance. Lions stand for strength, courage and sovereignty, while the Elephants stand for strength, visibility, calmness and gentleness. Makar (crocodile) Signifies life force of the water and parrot signifies love because lord