Jaal Chain Necklace
Material: Sterling silver, gold plating and natural pearls
Dimensions: 10 cm x 1.5 cm, Chain: 45cm
Metal Weight: 12.17g
Inspiration: Jaali (jālī, meaning "net") is a latticed screen, usually ornamental with arabesque patterns. These designs are commonly found in the architecture of Mughal times due to Central Asian influences (Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran). Its purpose was to lower the temperature by compressing air through the holes but later became widely used for privacy and security. The palaces have several walls/windows with jaalis and its purpose is said to have been allowing the queens or the ladies in the palace to privately observe what was happening in the courtyards.