Jewellery of Himachal

The womenfolk of the mountains adorned with silver ornaments is a common site in the hills of Himachal. The silversmiths or sunairs make beautiful ornaments with intricate designs in both silver and gold. Legend has it that both gold and silver ornaments have magical and religious properties that protect the wearer, though silver is more commonly used as it is readily available. The designs are further highlighted by use of enamels on the ornaments.

The chandrahar or coin necklace is one of the most cherished pieces of ornaments which consists of several silver chains linked together by a pendant and plaques that are usually enamelled in blue and green. The silversmiths are concentrated in Mandi, Chamba and in narrow alleys in old and new towns in Kangra and Sultanpur.