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Mehndi (henna) inspired handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. Original and unique jewelry by Lai.

'Mehndi' is a custom in India (and some other parts of Asia and Africa) that has been handed down over centuries. It is the traditional art of painting hands and feet with a paste of dried, powdered leaves of the henna plant mixed with water and is typically applied by women during weddings and festivals.

Mehndi designs tend to be a combination of floral and geometric motifs- paisley (ambi), straight lines, scallops, dots, tear-drops, basic leaf, and floral shapes, etc. Both symbolic and artistic, these patterns are a fascinating art form on their own.

Our Mehndi collection has been inspired by the traditional body of mehndi motifs- interpreted and adapted for contemporary urban wear. The black rhodium plated mehndi motifs have been juxtaposed on the serene background of matt finish silver giving the pieces an exotic yet familiar feel.

(Trivia: rhodium is the rarest of all metals used in jewelry and can cost as much as 10 times the price of gold.)

In case the design you like is sold out, write to us at shop@lai-designs.com. We'll check if it is available in our Jaipur (India) workshop and the earliest it can be sent to our California office.



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