MEENAKARI: The Azures of Heaven
The ‘Meenakari’ literally meaning the azure color of heaven is originally from Persia. Brought by Mongols to India, the amalgamation of Indian craftsmanship and Persian artistic skills gave birth to meenakari in India. The precious stones are enameled with gold, which is the highlight in this type of jewellery. The artisans creating these kinds of jewelry are extremely skilled both technically as well as aesthetically. The importance towards precision and accuracy calls for greater technical skills.
Color firing is done to achieve the different bright colors and each color is fired independently. Metals are used in the enameling process as the glass and other enamel sticks easily on fine/pure metals. There is great demand for these works, because of its artistic value and relatively low price.
In simple words birds, flowers and other classic designs are engraved on metal and then color is added to give it some extraordinary finish and look. This work goes well with exquisite light color silk sarees and lehengas. All the beautiful women out there, check this out to get those elegant and amazing eastern looks.