A pair of earrings and a nose ring that would likely be part of a north Indian woman’s bridal jewellery. The 22 carat gold wire frames of both the earrings and nose ring are set with cabochon cut glass stones, some set on gold foil, to resemble emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Both the earrings and nose ring have additional hanging decoration finished with glass beads and seed pearls. This ‘set’ has been created in the style of a great Maharaja’s jewellery, although set with glass rather than precious stones, the appearance of luxury is evident. Marriage is one of the key events in a woman’s live and it is marked by the receiving of jewellery, a great deal of which she will wear during her marriage ceremonies. Earrings and nose rings are part of a brides set of sixteen wedding adornments known as solah shringar. Each element from the red sari she wears, to the vermillion she wears in her hair, to her toe rings signify her married statue. The nose ring, which matches her necklace and earrings is a particularly powerful symbol of her status. This adorning process references many of the sacred marks of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity who is deemed to be a symbol of the perfect wife. The use of 22 carat gold is also significant as it is a symbol of financial wealth and purity (22 carat gold is a relatively pure form of gold). A woman’s jewellery and clothing given to her on her wedding day are her sole property and her husband has no claim over these things and so they act as a woman’s personal and portable wealth. Markers of Faith Along with the cotton necklace holding three silver amulets, described previously, there are other pieces from the personal ornament review that can also be used to look at signs of faith and devotion. These items worn to adorn the body have a comparator in some sense to the wearing of the Christian cross in the west.