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Six Types Of Traditional Necklaces Every South Indian Bride Must Have In Her Bridal Trousseau

By TGB Desk / On April 29th, 2018

Hello Lovelies,

You might have noticed that we are completely obsessed with all things gorgeous and sparkling. Inarguably, jewelry forms an essential aspect of the wedding day look of a bride. From the quintessential engagement ring to the ubiquitous Thali (Mangala Sutra), jewelry plays a very important role in traditional Indian weddings.

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A lot of effort (& money!) is put into acquiring jewelry for the bride. So it is all the more important to find timeless pieces with exquisite craftmanship that can be passed on for generations as heirlooms. Imagine your great-granddaughter lovingly wearing your Lakshmi Kaasu mala on her wedding day. Now, that’s happiness taken to a whole new level! Isn’t it??

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When it comes to the muhurtam look, we always gravitate towards traditional necklaces. Whimsical pieces in contemporary designs might be pretty but traditional neck pieces add that vintage glamour and style to your wedding day look. What these heavy traditional necklaces may lack in delicacy, they definitely do not lack in personality. They are absolutely perfect for the occasion and bring out the bridal beauty.

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We have picked out a few (Six to be precise!) traditional necklaces that are perfect for the muhurtam. You can layer those with other neck pieces to add some old world glamour and sparkle to your wedding ensemble. While some of the jewelry pieces mentioned below may be an investment, we think every fashion conscious bride should buy (or try to) at least one of these for her wedding. Oh, and by the way, there is something on this list for every bride regardless of her bridal style.

Here we go –

Kaasu maala

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Kaasu maalai (in Tamil) or Kaasulaperu (in Telugu) is a classic necklace that has become trendy once again and the best part is it is here to stay. It derives its name from the word coin (Kaasu in Telugu) that are used in crafting it. This neck piece is made by stringing together the coins on which the figure of Goddess Mahalakshmi is embossed.

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It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi showers her blessings on the wearer of this necklace and is therefore considered very auspicious. A bride is considered as a manifestation of Mahalakshmi herself and so she is gifted with this neck piece to be worn on her wedding day and kept for years to come. 

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You can read more about Kaasu mala here.

Mango Mala
In India, mango or paisley motif has been popular for centuries and stands for tree of life, fertility and eternity. This exquisite neck piece made by stringing together mango motifs would look divine when worn with a flamboyant wedding saree.

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Lakshmi Haaram

If you are someone who is all about tradition, then this neck piece is for you. This long necklace with a Lakshmi pendant is absolutely gorgeous and will make your eyes sparkle. This is exactly what timeless elegance looks like.

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Addigai
This traditional neck piece is very popular among Tamil brides. It is set with rubies and emeralds and is embellished with a pendant. This classic choker necklace is something you will wear forever.

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Guttapusalu

This statement necklace with clusters of pristine white pearls is one of our favourites! This one is very popular with Telugu brides as it can make the bride feel absolutely special on her wedding day.
Psst…The rustle of those tiny little pearls seems to remind her of the sweet nothings her prince charming utters to her.

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Gold drop Necklace
This pretty necklace would be a perfect accessory for a minimalist bride. If you are not into heavy and chunky temple jewelry then you can opt for gold drop necklace. Layer it with other necklaces for effortless elegance. 

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Aren’t they just so gorgeous? They (together or seperate) would be heavenly when paired with a lush Kanjeevaram or luxe Pochampally wedding saree.

All these classic necklaces can tell your wedding story for years to come and you can wear them forever. And whats more, you can pass it on to your daughter and be sure that she would wear it with equal pride on her special day!

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