The history of Indian handmade jewelry is as old as the Indus Valley Civilization, i.e., over 5,000 years old. There are mentions of jewelry in several of ancient Indian texts. According to Rigveda, the deities who are supposed to be the gods of the universe, Agni and Rudra, are the possessors of seven treasures. In symbolism, a special significance is attached to, Maniratna’, the mythical serpent stone. There are lots of references like in Arjun in disguise at the court of Raja Virat, wore earrings in his ears and a woman’s necklace and bracelets. One of the Gods presented him with a gold chain and a diadem.The earliest evidence of cylindrical carnelian beads of Harappan style were reported from Kunal, Mehrgarh, Nausharo, Nagwada and other Harappan regions of India. The early Harappan bead-makers were experts of the technique of sharpening and perforation of soft stones like steatite, turquoise, and lapis lazuli as well stones like agate, carnelian, and jasper.A large number of hollow and solid beads were found from during the excavation of Mohenjo-Daro, these beads were used for making various ornaments. Besides this a huge number of jewelry like earrings, rings, bracelets and anklets made with gold and silver were common for the people of Indus Valley. The sculptures belonging to the Mauryan period, depict many representative examples of the jewellery of those early times. Most of the feminine figures are shown wearing strings of bead necklaces and striking hip girdles comprising strands of beads held together with oval-shaped plaque and decorative clasps. The sculpture found from Bharhut describes that both men and women used to wear jewellery. The male figures did not wear any ornament on forehead, waist and anklets but the body displays ornaments of all conceivable sorts.The jewellery found at Taxila is Greco-Roman or influenced by Scythian or Persian sources. In relation to the previous Mauryan and Sunga periods, there was a tendency towards a greater refinement and simplicity of precious stones. The uses of gold and silver were continued in this period along with other jewels like cornelians, agates, coral, pearls, amethysts, etc.Since the beginning of its journey, the charm of jewelry and the beauty of Indian women by adorning it have never been separated. It is rare to find any woman in India who may not have ever loved to decorate herself with jewelry. Indian jewelry has always been used in infinitely more complex ways than as mere pieces of decoration: it functioned as a social signifier, an insurance policy, a talisman, a diplomatic calling card and, of course, a means to express one’s love or admiration for the other person. The history of jewelry in India is, to a large extent, the history of the India itself.MeherKriti is the result of a fruitful collaboration between us and our partners, which include adroit and dexterous Indian craftsmen. It represents the many thousands of years old legacy of Indian jewelry, from the ones mentioned in various texts of the Indus Valley civilization to the present and explores the distinctive and unique heritage of Indian jewelry: the striking boldness of South Indian jewels, the delicate refinement of the Mughal period, the flamboyant jewels of the maharajas, astonishing jewelry pieces created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – the epoch of intensive cross-cultural influences between the Persians, the Europeans, the Mongols and the Indians, along with the production of contemporary designers incorporating the enduring beauty of Indian design and the highest level of craftsmanship.MeherKriti draws its inspiration from India’s past, and our handcrafted jewelry display the amazing continuity of hereditary craftsmanship skills. Our designs have remained faithful to the classical heritage of a bygone age; our products are grand but not garish, the designs exotic and eclectic, and the gems impressive. MeherKriti helps Indian artisans who translate architectural silhouettes, flowering plants, and the geometric lines and symmetry of art deco into their designs showcase their talent.