What are some traditional types of jewelry

Traditional jewelry in different cultures

Chinese wedding jewelry

Wedding jewelry plays a crucial role in Chinese culture. An integral part of the traditional red bridal gown is a gold crown, which stands for good luck and good health. The wedding ceremony is followed by a tea ceremony in which the wedding guests present the bride with gold jewelry. This gold jewelry is worn immediately by the bride, which is said to bring luck.

Jade jewelry also has a long tradition in China, amulets and carvings made from jade are usually passed down as talismans in the family over many generations. They often represent animals, for example the dragon stands for power and luck, the goldfish for wealth, almost every animal has a very special meaning.

Native American jewelry

For centuries, jewelry has been worn by the Navajo, Apache or Hopi, for example, to various ceremonies or rituals. In contrast to modern jewelry, mainly pure and unprocessed natural materials are used as materials, such as shells, feathers or bones. Silver and turquoise, which were mainly used in the jewelry of chiefs or high-ranking tribal members, have a very special significance. As in many other cultures, jewelry is indispensable for wedding ceremonies.

Jewelry and tradition in India

Temple jewelry, which is used to decorate gods and goddesses in temples and shrines, is unique in the tradition of jewelry in India. This jewelry usually consists of heavy chains, but also rings, earrings, nose rings and toe rings. Similar jewelry, made a little more filigree, is worn by the temple dancers. Depending on the region, the design of the jewelry is strictly based on certain specifications with regard to the materials, number and type of gemstones, etc.

Indian brides are richly adorned for the wedding, according to tradition with at least 16 pieces of jewelry distributed over the body. Bracelets are meaningful, the bride usually wears a large number of fine gold bracelets, but always in unequal numbers on the left and right, which is supposed to keep bad luck.


Despite all the differences, regardless of which culture one looks at, jewelry connects people and is mainly worn on occasions that are of great social or personal importance. Especially at one of the most beautiful celebrations of all, the wedding of a couple, jewelry of every culture is an integral part of the ritual, regardless of whether it is a wedding crown, necklace or wedding ring.

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