Satlada

A seven strand pearl necklace

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AN INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY JEWELS

‘Family Jewels: Indian Adornment Revealed’ is an effort to impart knowledge on the distinction of India’s precious jewellery, recognising many of its roots including tribal, agrarian, trade based or royal in nature.

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The Satlada necklace

A seven strand pearl necklace, increasing in length consecutively is made with pearls and pendants. A fine example of Mughal jewellery, the Satlada was often used to index the social and economic status of the family.

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Satlada - The Etymology

The first half 'sat' refers to the number of layers or strands each necklace is made of, 

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Satlada - The Etymology

the second is 'Lada', which means 'strand',

Satlada - The Etymology

i.e., Teenlada (3 strands) / Panchlada (5 strands) / Satlada (7 strands)"

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Satlada - Etymology

"The necklace's name, which, is contingent on the number of strands, can be broken into two halves. 

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The Royal connection

The Satlada is one of the finest examples of Mughal jewellery.

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Satlada - The material

The Satlada is made up of silver, pearl, gold and precious gems. Each independent strand of the necklace is often skirted by Basra pearls.

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The Design

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Satlada - Significance

The Satlada was the royal marriage jewellery of medieval times, originally made for the royal Mughal and Nawabi families of the Deccan.

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