Navratna Lookbook: All You Need to Know about 9-Gemstone Bridal Jewellery!
What we have for you today is yet another guide on wedding jewellery.
Especially at an Indian wedding, any bridal outfit is incomplete without the right kind of jewellery. And if you’re not the one fretting over which diamonds you should go for or what stone suits you best, your mother certainly is. Bottom-line is, with all the green that gets blown in the process of finding the right kind of bling, this happens to one of those wedding things that you simply need to nail!
To top it all, Indian jewellery options definitely don’t make it any easier to narrow down your search for ‘The One’. So in your times of wedding trouble, we are here (as we always are) to save you the trouble of going from shop to shop, talking to countless vendors and looking through a gazillion pieces (which you will eventually do but maybe we can narrow that down to a million.)
On that wishful note, we bring to you Navratna jewellery: not only beautiful but also auspicious! What more does your mama need to hear? :D
So go on, move to the next para already. You don’t want to keep her waiting!
What is Navratna Jewellery?
As the name suggests, ‘Navratna’ literally means ‘nine gems’. So as self-explanatory as it is, it refers to a single piece of jewellery that contains nine auspicious gemstones. And considering the amount of importance astrology and kundalis are given in our country, you could imagine the significance it holds. Here’s a little info on how they work:
Ruby ( Sun / Surya )
Protection against lethal substances. Expels evil spirits. Provides energy. Changes colour if wearer is in bad health.
Sapphire ( Saturn / Shani )
Brings about enlightenment and increases devotion.
Pearl ( Moon / Chandra )
Gives strength to the heart.
Emerald ( Mercury / Buddha )
Protection against poisonous insects and reptiles. Heals stings and bites.
Is said to pale if the wearer is faced with deception.
Diamond ( Venus / Shukla )
Ensures a successful love life. The wearer also gains confidence, feels energetic and is active.
Coral ( Mars / Mangala )
Cures diseases, increases memory power and protects against evil spirits.
Topaz ( Jupiter / Brhaspati )
Averts evil, brings wealth and a long life
Garnet ( The ascending lunar node / Rahu )
Substitute for Ruby. Regulates circulatory system, gives strength to heart and boosts immunity.
Cat’s Eye ( The descending lunar node / Ketu )
Prevents fear, stress, black magic and nightmares. Also creates awareness and boosts memory.
Of course, these are just speculations from the incredibly auspicious Indian take on astrological history and may or may not be relevant, depending on your personal level of belief or disbelief.
Anyhoo! We’ve done our part and given you the statistics. Whatever floats one’s boat, right?
Coming to how much you’d have to shell out for these beautiful babies… the price range could differ on how much gold is used for the base and how many other stones are used to further embellish the piece, but approximately, a Navratna ring or earring would cost you around 10,000 – 60,000. Based on those figures, an entire bridal set would cost you somewhere between 1.5 – 4 lakhs.
Where to Buy?
Navratna jewellery can be easily bought at any popular store like Navrathan jewellers,Tanishq or Amrapali. If you don’t want to move from your comfort zone, it is also available online, just like everything else nowadays! Though, we’d advise you to personally make the trip and check out which ones would flatter you. After all, they will make your wedding look!
Take a look at our visuals for a more detailed idea on Navratna jewellery!
MAANG TIKKA / PAASA
BRACELETS / BANGLES