Exquisite, ethereal and elegant is what jewelry yields the power to endow one with. That itself is the very nature of these pieces of adornment that humans have been treasuring since forever. A lesser prevalent but really phenomenal of such jeweled assertions happen to be the charm encompassed by the nose rings that add indeed a certain drama to entire appearances and personas. Elaborate in their ceremonial exclusivity or petite yet flamboyant in their everyday essence are the many nose rings, pins and studs that carry also tremendous significance along their fore. In India, nose rings make for a jeweled pick that is assertive enough in their remarkably appealing aura. Most popular as bridal picks are these many styles and designs of the nose rings flaunted by many a Indian women across a range of such different choices of immense traditional flair-
Punjabi Nath/ Shikarpuri Nath
Among the most popular of nose rings that adorn the faces of Indian brides is the big and prominent Punjabi nath. Rather standout in its large roundness is this nose ring also called the Shikarpuri nath that is an integral expression of the boisterous Punjabi culture. Elegant in its charm is this big sized hoop that sports many motifs and comes also in a variety of sizes and colors. The golden ring however is not the standalone feature of the nath. A connecting chain that goes all the way from the nath to the hair is a characteristic feature of this easily discernible nose ring style.
One of the most striking pieces of Indian wedding jewelry is this Punjabi beauty that is sported not just by the bride but also by other women in auspicious and celebratory occasions. It however is not just the appearance but also the tradition of the nath that is what makes it even more significant a component of the Punjabi bridal trousseau. The sturdy solid gold frame of the Punjabi bridal nath is encapsulating of the tradition of gifting gold to the bride on her wedding day. This gifting of gold itself is significant not just as a precious jewel that complete her solah shringar but also as a resource to hold on to for life, endowing her therefore the means to go through the tough phases of life in all resilience.
Very similar to the Punjabi nath but a lighter assertion of it is what adorns the noses of the women in Gujarat and Rajasthan. A long delicate chain connects again the still big sized ring that however is less characterised by the studding of gems and stones unlike the really decorative aesthetic of what the nath conjures. Even at times when the nathni indeed does tend to be somewhat decorative it still is subdued enough to hold on to its essence of simplicity even in its grand avatar of being a bridal accessory.
Of similar nathesque soundings in its name but dwelling in the other dimension in regards to its assertion in size is the Rajasthani bridal nose ring. Called the nathuri, this is a small ring made of gold or silver and set of course with a couple some semi precious stones even when it is often sported as an everyday piece of jewelry as well. Perhaps helping this pursuit of the nathuri in daily usage is its tiny being that manifests as a simple and graceful entity in itself. Exclusive bridal nathuris though can be heavily embellished as well. Heavily decorative Rajasthani nath, also popular as the Rajputana nathuri, had been worn also by the royals of ancient India.
Tehri Nath/ Nathuli
Hailing from Uttarakhand, the traditional nose ring making up part of the jeweled look of the women there is the nathuli. Known also as the Tehri nath because it is native to the Tehri district of Garhwal, this is another assertively big piece of nose jewelry that is remarkable also in the exquisiteness of its embellishment. A big gold piece in essence that is studded with multiple precious rubies and pearls, the nathuli is tradition and grandeur infused into one. Considered auspicious by the married women of Uttarakhand and therefore cherished there, the size and weight and grandeur of the nathuli signifies in fact the status of the wearer. Also equally steeped in notability is the artistic value of this intricate piece of eye catching jewelry that makes for really a celebratory exclusive accessory to shine along with on the special day.
Tehri nath though isn’t the only Uttarakhandi spectacle to marvel at. Also notable is the Garhwali nath that is as spectacular in its heavily designed king sized ring that comes mostly in such exquisite natural charm as the ones exhibiting a peacock motif that indeed is a vision to treasure in itself. Kumaoni naths on the other hand feature simple, classic designs but is alluding still to the Uttarakhandi prominence of being a larger than life assertion in its size.
Maharashtrian Nath / Guchhedar Nath
Like the state of Uttarakhand, Maharashtra too presents to brides a stunning range of options to choose from when it comes to jeweling up their nose. But the most prominent of them all is the very distinctive looking gucchedar nath that is one of the most ‘eccentric’ designs of nose rings. Characterised by its definite cashew nut like shape is the Maharashtrian nath that comes embedded also in pearls and diamonds and stones and beads. Unique indeed in its shape and authentic in its reiteration of the traditional Maharashtrian look, the gucchedaar is a signature jewelry of Maharashtra and makes also for statement pieces guaranteed to make one stand out.
Quite popular indeed mostly because of its instantly discernible beauty, this gucchedaar Maharashtrian identity comes close to the eminent Punjabi nath when asserting the pan India reputation of it. Elsewhere in the state though, other heavy styles of nose rings dominate. Be it the Brahmani nath ring decorated with pearls and emeralds, the pearl and rubies studded dangling Peshwai nath, the stone and diamond beaded Kolhapuri nath or the Karwari nath and the Moti nath or the banu nath and pachu nath for that matter, each piece of Maharashtrian bridal jewelry is awe inspiring enough to want you be a Maharashtrian bride even if just for the sake of it!
Not a nose ring but rather a stud, the palakka is a piece of jewelry from the state of Kerala in southern India. A small jeweled entity that sits daintily upon the nose but which endows the bride with a look that is breathtakingly gorgeous is this traditional design that enjoys indeed a special eminence in the bridal context. Beset with beautiful red stones and precise enamel patterns is what makes the palakka nose stud a timeless choice for the women of Kerala, making the beauty of them shine out through its experience in vibrant minimalism.
Of southern identity is the mookuthi nose pin that hails from the state of Karnataka. Simple and lightweight in essence but captivating still in its diamondesque identity, this lotus or swan shaped jewelry however is native more to the brides of Goa and the Konkan regions of India. In Karanataka and also in Kerala though, the mukhutti is traditionally worn by the bride on both nostrils and therefore in greater extravagance, exemplifying the indeed the beauty bequeathed by this minimal still design in ornamentation. The simplified essence of this traditional nose pin is indeed an extension of the basis from which it takes its name- derived as a portmanteau of the Tamil words of mooku and kuththi that essentially mean nose and piercing respectively.
Continuing with the essence of nose rings emergent from the southern region of India being simplified, simplistic versions of ornamental beauty is the pullaku of Tamil Nadu. A central nose ring worn on the septum of the nose from where it suspends freely, this is a rather plain but pretty still nose ring. Often worn in conjunction with other pieces of nose jewelry, most prominently the mookuthi in which case it completes the authentic south Indian bridal look, the gold based pullaku can even be interpreted as a version of its counterpart called the bullaq dangling from the noses of women in northern parts of India.
Interesting indeed a piece of jewelry to be named after a spice, the laung type of nose stud takes after the shape of the clove. Popular throughout northern India, this is a tiny assertion of nose jewelry that sits on the nose in its distinct circular head. Standout even in its tiny size is this singular nose pin that comes studded always with precious or semi precious gems, making it more apt as an adornment of everyday wear. Of course, you can still choose to sport one on your wedding day if you believe in the mantra of doing less being in fact the way to doing more and doing differently. Or if you don instead one that comes attached still with a chain, this very humble laung will be more than enough to elevate your entire bridal look.
Spoked nose ring
It is quite unusual for traditional pieces of jewelry to not have any distinct name of their own. And yet such uniqueness persists in some regions of Indian where it is the characteristic design of the nose ring that spells out its definite identity. One such design that are popular choices of adornments in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar happens to be a rather intriguing assertion.
Standout in their spoked characteristic are these nose rings that can be smaller or bigger as you wish them to be. But what’s unmissable indeed a feature of them is the series of continuous spokes running along the periphery of the ring. Equally striking is the extent of reach that they expand to, always falling at least to the lips, covering therefore half the mouth. Often heavy in their spoked presence, these nose rings are attractive in the uniqueness of their design as well as in the expanse of their perimeter.
Fan shaped nose ring
Also attributive of this nameless identity but manifesting in vision a spectacularly standout presence are certain nose rings stemming this time from the states of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. A hilly style of wearing the nose ring appears as a hand fan shaped design, or like a split moon if you so wish to interpret. Either way, this is a crescent design very similar to the Garhwali nath of Uttarakhand and is very integral to the full bridal ensemble there.