Handcrafted jewellery has made a comeback, with designers looking at newer materials that not only can replace precious metals but are also eco-friendly as well as affordable. In recent years, terracotta jewellery has gained popularity because of the ease with which it can be crafted into jhumkas, bracelets, bangles and necklaces. In addition, hand-painted creations in terracotta can be customized to match and accessorize any outfit perfectly.
The notion of terracotta jewellery often brings to mind earth colour jewellery that is heavy and chunky, but in reality, they are often lighter than heavier metals such as silver and gold. In addition, they come with the advantage of colour customization as they can be hand-painted in the same colour as a saree or salwar kameez to complete a look. Contrary to popular belief, the jewellery also tinkles when two pieces come into contact, which adds to their charm, unlike with plastic or wire jewellery.
Interestingly, these pieces also help to keep alive the traditional crafts of potters as some of the designs, especially the rounded dome of a jhumka can only be fashioned to perfection on a pottery wheel. The more intricate designs are made by hand using sculpting tools to ply and shape the clay into the desired design. Often, the designer keeps a natural tone to the jewellery by sourcing clay from different regions. For instance, some terracotta jewellery is made of black clay, which takes on an earthy dark grey tone once it is baked in the kiln.
Terracotta jewellery is also very affordable, which means that with an array of design, shape and colour customization, you can have one to match every outfit. What’s more, you will be wearing an exclusive piece of handcrafted art!...