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Tarinika's Guide to Indian Necklaces: Styles, Trends, and Traditions

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Did you know the historically famous Patiala necklace of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was created by Cartier in 1928 and included the legendary De Beers diamond? This Indian necklace was worn by Hollywood celebrity Emma Chamberlain for her Met Gala debut in 2022. The artistic influence of Indian necklaces extends into popular culture as well. The elaborate Indian necklace Anne Hathaway wore in the film Ocean’s 8 was a nod to royal Indian jewelry.

Historical masterpieces or modern recreations of Indian necklaces have been symbols of status and artistic expression. These Indian necklaces for women continue to define beauty while celebrating and preserving our rich cultural tradition. Join us as we celebrate the past and present of Indian necklaces with Tarinika. We will discover Traditional Indian necklace styles and explore contemporary trends in Indian necklaces.

Traditional Indian Necklace Styles

Indian Chokers

Remember the stunning emerald choker worn by Princess Diana, which she famously styled as a headband? The famous Art Deco diamond and emerald Indian choker was originally a gift to Queen Mary in the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Princess Diana’s innovative styling demonstrated how versatile Indian chokers can transform any look into something extraordinary. Traditional Indian chokers often feature Kundan, Polki or Meenakari work studded with precious gemstones and pearls. These close fitted necklaces sit high on the neck and come in various styles and designs. Artisans now incorporate materials like silk threads or beads to make chokers suitable for traditional and Contemporary outfits.

Achieve a similar style with our Floral Tassel Beads Choker Set.


An image of a model wearing an Indian choker set

Rani Haar

The Rani Haar, or the queen's necklace, is an opulent long necklace traditionally worn by Indian royalty. The grand long necklace usually consists of multiple layers that feature Kundan or Polki work. The Rani Haar was historically a symbol of nobility and luxury. Queens and princesses wore it during important ceremonies and festivities. The long necklace continues to be popular even today. It remains a top choice for brides on their wedding day celebrations. Layer the Rani Haar with short necklaces or pair it with simple earrings to balance its grandeur. Here’s our most loved Rani Haar, designed to ignite your imagination.

An image of a woman wearing a raani haar crafted with gemstones


Pendants were often worn as amulets in the earliest times and were believed to bring protection and blessings. There was eventually a decorative element added to the pendants that reflected their artistry and regional styles. For instance, South Indian temple pendant necklaces like our Ramaiya Antique Pendant Set or North Indian Kundan pendant designs carry their cultural meaning and significance. Pendants can be easily adapted to contemporary fashion with modern designs incorporating minimalist aesthetics or blending traditional motifs with modern elements.

An image of a woman wearing Indian antique pendant set with a Pink saree.

Mangal Sutra

The mention of Indian necklaces would be incomplete without acknowledging the sacred black bead necklaces known as the Mangal sutra. The Mangal sutra is a sacred necklace worn by married Hindu women. It symbolizes marital status and the bond between husband and wife. The black beads on the necklace are believed to ward off evil and protect the marriage. The contemporary Mangal Sutra designs have evolved to suit modern tastes while retaining their symbolic essence. A sleek minimalistic black bead necklace like our Najira Delicate CZ Black Beads Necklace Set allows you to honor tradition without compromising style.

An image of a woman wearing saree with a black beads mangalsutra, crafted with CZ stones. with

Contemporary Trends In Indian Necklaces

Contemporary trends in Indian necklaces seamlessly blend tradition with modern innovation. Tarinika's contemporary Indian necklace designs have pieces that are both timeless and trendy. Our designers have expertly incorporated enamel and modern cubic zirconia into Tarinika’s collections. The modern woman in you will adore our enamel collection. It showcases Indian necklaces that are both visually striking and versatile. The necklaces for women are perfect for adding a splash of colour to your traditional and modern outfits. Contemporary trends in Indian necklaces are also highlighted in our Nakshatra collection, which celebrates the rich heritage of Indian jewelry while remaining relevant in the modern world.

An image of an Indian contemporary necklace with colorful plating, crafted with white beads.

Care And Maintenance Of Indian Necklaces

You must take care of your Indian necklaces to preserve their beauty and ensure they remain stunning for years. Here are some best practices for cleaning, storing and maintaining these treasured pieces.


  • Dust your necklace regularly to remove accumulated oils or sweat. Use a soft lint-free cloth to wipe your necklaces gently after each wear.
  • Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water for a deeper clean. Soak the necklace briefly and gently scrub it with a soft bristled toothbrush. Rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.


  • You must store each necklace in its own soft pouch or a separate compartment in a jewelry box. This prevents them from scratching each other and reduces the risk of tangling.
  • Keep your necklaces in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity. Moisture can tarnish antique metals and damage certain gemstones.

Professional Maintenance: When And Why To Seek Expert Help

  • Take your necklace to a professional jeweler if it has loose stones, broken clasps, or damaged settings. Attempting repairs at home can worsen the damage.
  • Get professional help if your necklace is heavily soiled. The expert helps ensure thorough and safe grime removal without damaging the jewelry. 
Now that you are familiar with the beauty of Indian necklaces, pick one for yourself from Tarinika's latest designs. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on current trends and new arrivals. Join our community today for exclusive updates, styling tips, and early access to sales and special offers.
  • Blog by: Avik Sadhukhan