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Indian Traditional Jewelry and the Ayurveda


Traditional Ayurvedic Medecine and Traditional Jewelry
Born with India, the Ayurvedic medecine -Science of life- has elaborated a wide and very precise network of medical cares still not very well known to this day in the Western world. The Ayurveda has several curative methods. One of them, the Marma Chikitsa is taking care of the Marma points: energy points of convergence of muscles, tendons, nerves, flesh, veins, arteries, bones and articulations. Those energy points are of a capital importance for the health of a human being. They are used to stimulate the organs and the inner system of the body, absorbing vibrations of external agents and dispatching them into all the system which takes advantage of them; besides it, linked with the different organs and tissues where the vital energy is flowing -Prana- they direct our psychic system. In India, one thinks that the universal cosmic forces are in tiny quantities in metals and stones, precious or not, and that those cosmic crystallized energies are necessary to the balance of a human being. It is on those Marma point that this cosmic energy must be placed with stones placed there for a maximum energy. With the centuries, the Indian Jewelry has maintained a high esthetical level, a high quality and unique creativity in the world. Beyond those undisputable qualities, the Indian jewelry is linked to the values of life of this country : the deep belief to be linked to the planets with the Astrology and the practice of Ayurveda which is teaching how to be in tunes with the world by observing a proper hygiene and a balanced food, a prevention to diseases and healing according your own type. The use of vegetables and minerals under all their forms is primordial ; for example to absorb water where metal powder has been poured for whole the night or some water which was in a prescribed metal by the "Ved" or Ayurvedic doctor.


Another way to enjoy the power of stones is to wear them on the adequate places of the body. The precious metals are divided into silver, cold metal linked with the moon, stock of ambrosia and gold, extension of the sun. Gold, hot metal, worn by the sedentary city dwellers and the silver is worn by the village people leading a rural life. Besides that, a list of sixteen jewels has been elaborated to be worn at specific points protecting or healing the wearer. All the feminine jewelry follow that tradition. Country women or city dweller, all the women wear the same number of jewels, from the top of the head - seat of bliss- to the toes with rings which have a protective function. "The toe ring controls anger and keeps the woman quiet"... all those jewels are placed at the Marma points. To get the optimum effect, a stone has to touch the skin at a sensitive point - plexus- or on the adequate finger linked to the deficient organ. The light passing through the stone is dispatched within all the body up to the point to straighten up. According to the very old method of vibrations, the Marma Chikitsa uses the stones as a therapy It is a to the specialist to choose the best stone of the best weight to produce the right vibration necessary for healing from a disease and restore the natural body pace. One says that wearing traditional Indian jewels every day, from head to toes, reinforce the health of the person wearing them. All this jewelry is designed and implemented with the utmost care so the le Marma points which will bear them, are keeping the energy flow in the body. All the seven plexus or Chakras are activated by sporting a specific piece of jewelry. The harmony of the mind and the perfect balance of the body are the result of combined actions, a traditional and symbolic design with stones of quality... Parallel to this, the list of the ritual jewels became the traditional list of the sixteen pieces of jewelry to own and wear. The stimulating creativity of the Indian jewellers drove them to produce superb pieces to illustrate this list. Nowadays, the word, "Ayurveda" is bit known but mainly about the massages and there is only one book "The dance of the peacock" speaking of that theory. The seriousness of my saying have been submitted to a teacher of the National Institute of Ayurveda of Jaipur. My aim is not to make a jewelry catalogue but that those photos provoke a dream they initiated.

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