It is the choker necklace - a regal, neck-hugging ornament glittering with precious stones - that often is the first piece of jewellery that the bride reaches out to as she readies herself.
This exquisite piece of jewellery, usually fashioned out of polkis or uncut diamonds, rubies and pink and blue sapphires and set in 24 carat gold, invokes divine protection for the bride and her life partner.
The kalgi, a delicate bejewelled plume, is lovingly pinned on to the groom’s pagdi by his sister, thus signifying that he is the prince on the special day of his wedding.
This ritual is a throwback to the times when the ornament was worn by the royals. By wearing the kalgi, the young groom is ready to take on the respect and responsibility of the new life that awaits him as a married man.