In Bollywood, the Indian competitor of Hollywood, they make about one movie a day!. The theme is simple: war and fighting and strong men with a lovely lady OR a man who is ‘hunting’ a lady he cannot get first but it turns out for the best. The scenery is rich and wealthy, the clothes are extravagant and so is the jewelry. The actresses and actors are stunning and they all can dance.
This wealthy environment discovered the old traditional Kundan jewelry and blew this type of jewelry alive. Nowadays women in India and abroad want Kundan jewelry and an Indian bride cannot do without. But what is so special about Kundan jewelry and how Kundan jewelry can make you look like a queen?
What is Kundan jewelry?
Kundan jewelry is traditional Indian gemstone jewelry, that started off in the courts of Rajasthan, a state in the Northern part of India. The Moghul kings loved this type of jewelry and this type of jewelry, made in silver, is very popular with the non-royals. It is a part of every bridal jewelry set.
The Kundan jewelry is made with gemstones set in a golden mount and in between gold foil (the word ‘Kundan’ means refined gold). The golden mounts are set together in a certain design, mostly for necklaces or bracelets. On the back of the mounts, the designer uses enameling with vivid colors. So the pieces of Kundan jewelry can be worn on two sides.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is the center of this type of jewelry, where it is also made. This type of jewelry is so popular because the actresses in Bollywood movies wear Kundan jewelry frequently.
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.
Polki jewelry looks like Kundan jewelry, but they use uncut raw diamonds. Those diamonds are minded in a natural way. Using the 24-carat gold and the uncut diamonds Polki jewelry is only affordable for the very rich on this planet.
And the material alone does not make the full price, but you have to count the enormous craftsmanship and the time-consuming process that make this type of jewelry expensive, but fabulous.
Not only in India
The Kundan and Polki jewelry are not only popular in India. Using some Western and tribal Indian design influence make that the pieces of jewelry are being sold over the whole world.
And when the original is expensive, there is always a fake version available. But was is the real and what the fake piece? Here some tips, so that you are not being cheated:
- Ask for a certificate of Genuity
- Buy from a respected and renowned jeweler
- If the gold turns green of black, it is not gold but copper
- When the silver gets blackened after some time it is real
- And when a magnet is pulled by the jewelry, it is fake.
When you have a special occasion and you want to look fabulous and hear ohhhs and ahhhhs around you… wear Kundal jewelry. You will get a lot of compliments for your outfit and your clothing does not even have to be so exquisite since everybody’s eyes only go to your necklace or bracelet.
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