I’m a self confessed temple jewellery hoarder – and why not? Temple Jewellery is beautiful, versatile, and is every pattu saree’s best friend. Chennai is the best place to buy temple jewellery, honestly, but it can get confusing because there are so many places! The following list of shops are where I shop, so consider them the best places to buy temple jewellery in Chennai!
Please do note that I am a temple jewellery snob, so I prefer buying silver temple jewellery over imitation because the setting of the kemp stone is perfect only when you buy the silver version. Yes, it’s far more expensive, but keep in the mind that they’ll last you for life when you take good care of them.
72, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 4
Sukra Jewellery is probably one of the most well known places to buy temple jewellery in Chennai, and with good reason! They’ve easily the most extensive collection in the city of both artificial and silver temple jewellery.
32, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 4
Close on the heels of Sukra is Chola Jewellery, which isn’t really talked about much in the context of where to buy temple jewellery in Chennai – I have walked into this place randomly and found a fair number of pretty pieces, so do give this place a try, and you might be pleasantly surprised too!
58, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 4
NAC jewellers closes the holy temple jewellery trinity of North Mada Street for me. Another shop that’s been around for a very long time, and bears iconic status with respect to its temple collections in both gold and silver. If you’re a bride to be, they even have personalized trousseau shopping sessions!
Express Avenue Mall/Phoenix Market City/Spencer Plaza
I’ve been a regular at Utharika for a while now because they have these really unique pieces at great prices. I usually end up buying Kundan jewellery there (their finish is impeccable), but they’ve a very nice temple collection too. Be aware that the temple jewellery that they stock is of the contemporary kind, so the kemp placement is a little different (but pretty nevertheless)
GRT Silver Smith
102, Rangan Street, T. Nagar Chennai – 17
A stone’s throw from the original GRT in South Usman Road, GRT Silver Smith is a shop dedicated to all things silver, which includes temple jewellery. Especially good for small buys, like earrings.
Sridevi Gold Covering
140/142 South Usman Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 17
From the outside, Sridevi looks like just another place with loud imitation jewellery, but ask the salesman for ‘silver dance jewellery’, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Their collection is small, but that only makes decision making less confusing. I’ve found many a hidden treasure in this place.
Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers
603, Anna Salai (Rani Seethai Hall), Chennai – 6
Another ‘legendary’ place to round off the list! VBJ is a shop that usually comes first to mind when you talk about buying temple jewellery in Chennai. They’ve a very exhaustive collection of jewellery for both dance and wedding.
So that’s my list! Where do you buy temple jewellery in Chennai? Have I missed any places out? Let me know in the comments!