Temple jewelry is believed to have originated somewhere in the 9th century during the reign of the Chola dynasty. Back then, this kind of jewelry was used to decorate the idols and Gods and Goddesses in temples, and hence, the name. Traditional temple jewelry is made of finest gold and embedded with several precious gems and stones. Since this kind of traditional jewelry making originated in the south, particularly in Nagercoil, You can see a lot of traditional South Indian dancers wearing it during their performances. Temple jewellery, an essential part of the adornment of the Tamil bride, is also an integral part of the aharya or costume of a Bharatanatyam or Kuchipudi dancer. Today, “temple jewellery” made in silver covered with gold leaf or dipped in gold and generally follows the age-old method. The old process of making the frames (now in silver), twisting the silver wire into designs, fixing the wax, embedding the stones in it and covering the silver with repeated layers of gold leaf, is still followed by the artisans.