"Strivings of a young vain woman for ornament"

The Indian subcontinent has jewellery-making anywhere has a history of over 5,000 years. Gold jewellery, bead necklaces and metallic bangles, clay bangles that were painted black, and shell bracelets. Men were also known to wear jewellery.

Jewellery making in China started became widespread around 2,000 years ago. India was the first country to mine and trade in diamonds, with some mines dating back to 296 BC. Even today, gold, silver and diamond jewellery remains a major asset and status symbol in the Indian society. India is one the largest consumers of gold, around the world.