In India, marriage and jewelry are inseparably interlinked. A special category of adornment -- marriage ornaments -- serve to convey a married woman’s status. The thali is a gold pendant worn on a marriage cord or mangalsutram (mangal meaning “propitious, blessed, happy, successful, prosperous” and sutrum, “cord”). Often a phallic symbol, the thali, analogous to the wedding ring in Western society, is considered an auspicious amulet.
An antique 20K-22K thali (marriage ornament) from the south of India, with an inset faceted reddish-pink glass stone, on graduated faceted Burmese rubies and 18K gold. Pendant drop 1 5/8".
- One of a kind
- Length: 19″
- 18K yellow gold, 20-22K yellow gold
- Collection: Ancient Splendor