How is Kundan jewelry made?
Making Kundan jewelry is rather time-consuming and it is teamwork. You need a specialist for every stage of the process because the process is complicated.
First, you have to make a framework of pure 24 carats gold. That is soft gold, so you have to work very precisely to get the right shapes. After that lac or natural resin is poured in the framework, according to a certain design. Uncut, but shaped and polished colored gemstones are places in the framework and gold foil is put between the mounts and the gemstones to get a neat design look. And after that, the gemstones are polished again.
The finishing touch is the enameling so that you can wear your piece of jewelry on both sides and it makes the jewelry even more colorful and vivid.
You see a lot of diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires, jade, amethyst and other colorful gemstones in the Kundan jewelry, which makes one piece rather expensive. Since this style is so popular there are equivalents on the market, using silver, colored glass and metals.