The Mughals paid great attention to articles of personal adornment. Jewelry, like so many other arts, reached new heights of perfection in beauty of design, boldness of execution and attention toward detail. The art of enameling as applied to jewelry was considerably improved. The size and variety of ornaments and precious stones in use were simply amazing. The Mughals introduced some new patterns and improved old ones. Karanphool a flower shaped earring, jhumka (ear pendant), Jahangiri puhnchi (bracelet) and jhumar (a triangular ornament) worn on one side of the forehead were introduced during this period. Their greatest contribution was in the field of embellishment; the plain gave place to the refined and the exotic to suit the taste of the sophisticated wearer.

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