Pakistani jewelry is known for its ornate styles and heavy designs made in 22 carat gold and are a must for adorning the bride at weddings. Jewelry, in Pakistan, has a very important role in the lives of all females.
Designing ornaments is one of the most favorite trades of women entrepreneurs.
Quite a bit of pieces are handed from generation to generation in the traditional households. The exquisite old designs still inspire many to reproduce these in the new styles.
Gems like emeralds, rubies, sapphire and topaz are found in abundance in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Lovely strings of gems are not only exquisite to look at but add a lot of grandeur to even the simplest of outfits.
Very elegant, strings of jewels can be made in single or multiple rows - all have their own unique charm. Women entrepreneurs from these areas manufacture high quality beautiful designs.
The pendant here is also an antique piece with uncut pieces of diamond, known as 'polki', an art from the Moghul period. Emeralds and rubies hang as small beads.
This style is being reproduced in new designs also, however, the old style still remains very popular and sought after.
Women design these items from traditional patterns and add the new look to make it a more trendier version.
In the picture here is an original antique pair of earrings. Each side has a different pattern. This kind of pattern is known as 'meenakari'. These are from the ancient Moghul period.
Silver ornaments are also very popular specially for pieces like anklets (payals) as gold is not supposed to be worn on feet in our culture. Similarly, gold and silver buttons for kurtis are also very popular and added as a fashion accessory. This filigried fine work of art with tinkling tiny bells is a piece of art in itself, worn as an anklet
This sapphire set here is more in the trendy and new style. It has small diamonds studded all around the oval sapphire which is embedded in the middle with beautiful cuts.
The style is popular and is made with emeralds and diamonds and for more affordable ranges in zircon and sapphires studded on white gold or silver.
Realising the potential of the sector for the economy of the country, the State bank of Pakistan has included it in the list of defined sectors to receive subsidised low cost financing under its Refinance Scheme for Working Capital Finance of Small and Low End Medium Enterprises and also in the Refinance Facility for Modernization of SMEs (SBP-BMR).
The private sector being fully cognizant of the role of fine jewelry provides a platform under the Pakistan Gems and Jewellry Traders and Exporters Association (PGJTEA). The Association has been actively dealing with issues that encourage unbiased support to its members to address anomalies in the sector. PGJTEA helps its members and the community at large for the promotion & regulation of Gems and Jewellery trade and exports, address disputes and arbitrations between dealers.
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