If there’s an accessory that has the ability to transform even the simplest of looks into extraordinary ones by adding an instant burst of glamour, it’s a pair of earrings - particularly the traditional ones called Jhumkas. Introduced by Indian craftsmen, these were initially worn by Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi dancers (only) and used for enhancing the beauty of goddess idols in temples. But such was the impact of these beauties that they gradually won the hearts of all the women in the country and became an integral part of traditional Indian jewellery. Today, any Indian attire feels incomplete without a pair of these dazzling jhumkas!
Contrary to popular belief, jhumkas are not only worn during a wedding or festive season but a few trendy ones can also be accessorised with an indo-western outfit or simple jeans and a tee. Whether they are studded with beautiful stones or embellished with stunning, intricate designs, each jhumka has an elegance of its own. So, if you’re confused about what to wear/buy next, we’ve listed some of the most unique jhumka designs. Let’s see if you’ve tried them all!
Embellished with the intricacies of a goddess design, these temple jhumkas have been in trend for almost a decade and still continue to leave everyone in awe with their carefully-crafted precision. Pair it up with a grand silk saree or a heavy lehenga to look absolutely amazing!
If you have a thing for hoops, you need to consider investing in these pretty hoop danglers that not only go perfectly with a salwar-suit or a lehenga but with western kurtis and jeans too.
Do you have a thing for danglers or love hearing the sound of trinkets when you play with your earrings? If so, these beaded jhumkas are a fabulous choice for any kind of ethnic attire.
Hand-crafted with care, these monumentally-inspired jhumkas have the ability to make you stand out in a crowd and look oh-so-gorgeous with silk sarees or heavily-embellished lehengas!
Being a popular choice for South Indian brides, these jaali work jhumkas look undeniably spectacular and are mostly paired with light or heavy lehengas on special occasions.
Studded with pearls and a pop of colour, these pretty jhumkas have a special charm of their own and go perfectly well with not just suits or sarees but also with jeans and kurtis.
If you have a thing for floral designs or plan to wear attire that is adorned with flowers, beautiful and intricate jhumkas like these are likely to take your look to a whole new level. These flowery beauties can be paired with any kind of ethnic or indo-western outfits.
Adorned with Kundan and jadau, these stunning chandbali jhumkas remain an ideal choice for most of the millennial and traditional brides of India. Although they are slightly heavy, nothing can beat the beauty of these instant crowd-stunners as they make you look (and feel) like a goddess--effortlessly!
These pearl-accentuated jhumkas with exquisite peacock motifs are beautifully carved to add some drama to your overall look and go stunningly well with blue, green or red-coloured outfits!
Being one of the most popular choices in silver, these lotus-adorned jhumkas are an absolute delight in the world of accessories. Not only do they complement your ethnic looks perfectly, but can be easily styled with western outfits as well.
These enchanting jhumkas with unique elephant motifs, studded with precious stones/pearls remain an ideal choice for someone who likes to steal the focus from their outfits to their accessories. Pair it up with a salwar kameez or an Anarkali and get ready to shine!
Nothing beats the craftsmanship of these uniquely designed, bird jhumkas that have the ability to look amazing on almost every occasion. Be it a sexy cocktail saree or a simple salwar suit, get ready to have all eyes on you!
What happens when you bring the irresistible charm of diamonds and the timeless elegance of jhumkas together? You sparkle all the way! No wonder these jhumkas never go out of style. Try to pair these with your simplest of lehengas and you’ll find your look elevating tenfold.
If minimalism with a hint of uniqueness is how you like your accessories to be, these leaf-shaped beauties are a fabulous choice. Being undeniably pretty, these kinds of jhumkas are mostly paired with indo-western wear.
Adorned with beautiful beads on a dainty gold base, these double-layered jhumkas are perfect for those occasions where you want to go light on your accessories and yet, stand out in the crowd. Pair these with silk sarees, lehengas or indo-western gowns for a stylish fusion.
The more, the merrier - don’t you think? Especially, when it comes to jhumkas, there’s no denying that fact. With an ability to look lovely with the subtlest of outfits, this precious design is here to rule the world of accessories for a while and make you fall in love with its classy allure.
There’s just something so undeniably attractive about jhumkas with mirror work and intricately textured-details that you cannot stop yourself from buying them. As a result, these jhumka designs are one of the most popular choices for college-going girls or working women as they go superbly well with almost every kurti or salwar kameez they own.
These lightweight, dangling beauties in a stunning silver embellishment are beyond charming. Pair these with a simple Punjabi suit or a long kurti and jeans and get ready to look effortlessly beautiful no matter the occasion.
These classic traditional jhumkas have a touch of antiquity and are adorned with stones on gold. They have remained a favourite with all South Indian brides who opt for silk sarees. Pair these with heavily-embellished ethnic wear and get ready for the string of praises coming your way!
Give an elegant touch to your attire with these eye-catching Kundan jhumkas that never cease to amaze anyone. Whether it’s a festive party or a wedding occasion, pair these gorgeous earrings with your favourite saree or lehenga and get ready to stand out in the crowd.
There’s just something so drop-dead-gorgeous about gold jhumkas embellished with the richness of rubies that you can’t help being in awe of them. Get ready to make a style statement as you walk into a festive/wedding party and pair these with a classic red saree or gown!
These hand-painted, colourful beauties are not only effortlessly beautiful but have the ability to amp up even the simplest of outfits by giving it a fresh look. The fact that they can go so well with any Indian outfit is what makes them a popular choice among both teenage girls and adults.
For those of you who wear (and own) more of western clothes than ethnic ones, these fabulous indo-western jhumkas are going to make you look trendy AF. Hand-painted using a kalamkari design, these light and lovely jhumkas can be styled with all your pretty and quirky outfits.
Engraved with Sanskrit shlokas, these silver jhumkas have been a rage for quite some time. While the dainty, grey-ish colour gives it an antique, rustic touch, the mantra displays a warm, traditional vibe, making this design a pretty unique one. Style it with a kurti dress or a plain white/black salwar kameez to look even more graceful.
If you’re looking for some unique designs with a timeless charm, these ear cuff jhumkas are going to be your most treasured possessions. Handcrafted with intricate details and adorned with beads, these jhumka designs go well with any ethnic wear and look lovely on everybody!
Made solely with terracotta, these temple jhumkas unleash a charm of their own and look fiercely attractive with simple, subtle outfits and beautiful colours. Pair it with a colourful Punjabi suit or a georgette saree once and find yourself going back for these jhumkas again and again.
There’s just something so playful and charming about earrings with long, beaded tassels that you can’t resist buying them! Style these with a sexy, cocktail saree or an evening gown and get ready to be the showstopper of your next party or special occasion!
Don’t you just love a burst of colours that bring an instant sparkle to your eyes? These jhumka designs with multi-coloured stones are not only an absolute treat to the eyes but make you feel like a goddess with their regal and bright aura. Pair these with outfits of subtle colours and let the jhumkas brighten your look instead.
If you’re a jhumka lover, you’re bound to have these ‘short and sweet’ silver drops in your collection. What makes these stud jhumkas so amazing is that they are incredibly lightweight, effortlessly beautiful and go perfectly with every ethnic or western outfit that you may own. You can even wear these every day ‘coz you don’t need any occasion to look your best. Do you?
Bored of the same ol’ ethnic jhumkas? Reach out for these colourful and sassy creations that give the traditional jhumkas a dash of modernity. Pair these with street-style outfits or experimental fashion to create the hottest fusion.
So, which pair are you planning to buy next, beautiful?
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