Trends in Indian jewellery demand are fast changing. Preferences are shifting from traditional forms of jewellery to trendy jewellery - commonly known as junk jewellery, fashion jewellery, imitation jewellery, and a gamut of other names.

A new trend is emerging in junk jewellery - embroidered jewellery. A far cry from the traditional heavy jewellery, embroidered jewellery is colourful, light, creative and fun to wear. This kind of jewellery that suits almost all kinds of garments is gradually gaining acceptance in the fashion world. Though embroidered jewellery has been around for quite some time on a small scale, the national and international demand for embroidered jewellery has been rising constantly in the past couple of years. It is now being considered as an item with a considerably high export potential.

Embroidered jewellery is commonly made of materials such as metal, shells, wood, cloth, sequins, glass, beads, horn, bone, lac, leather, etc. These materials are used in different combinations to create various kinds of artistic designs. A considerable amount of time, effort, creativity and precision is invested in the preparation of such jewellery, as most pieces have intricate workmanship. Bracelets, bangles, earrings, necklaces, rings, pendants and cufflinks are the commonly available forms of embroidered jewellery.

Usually, the base of the jewel is made of cloth, leather, metal, wood or lac. In the last three cases, the base is covered with cloth. Embroidery is done on the cloth, using colourful threads, so as to create attractive pieces of jewellery. Silver and golden threads are also made use of, to add to the elegance of the jewel. Sometimes, embellishments like glass, sequins, shells, beads, horn and bone are used to add to the beauty of the design. In some cases, precious and semi-precious stones are also made use of.

Usually, in case of rings, the base ring is made of metal, while an embroidered stud made up of felt, jute or leather is attached to it. Similar is the case with bracelets. The base may be made of metal, while embroidered studs or pieces of embroidered fabric may be attached to it. Some of the embroidery styles that are commonly found in case of embroidered bracelets are knot stitches, Romanian crocheting, woven picots, bullion knots and Tunisian Intarsia crocheting.

The craft of making embroidered jewellery was largely practiced in the villages of India, but with its rising popularity, it has begun to be produced in the urban areas as well. Sometimes, embroidered jewellery is also custom-made, to suit the individual requirements of customers.

Some of the main reasons behind the picking up of the trend of embroidered jewellery are that they are trendy, attractive and go with all kinds of apparel. Also, they are inexpensive, and can be easily afforded by all classes of people.

So, the next time you are looking for some trendy jewels, don't forget to shop for some great embroidered jewellery!


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