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 ‘hunts’ a lady he loves and it turns out for the best. The scenery is rich and wealthy, the clothes are extravagant and so is the Kundan jewelry. The actresses and actors are stunning and they all dance.
This wealthy environment discovered the old traditional Kundan jewelry and blows this type of jewelry alive. Nowadays women in India and abroad want Kundan jewelry and an Indian bride cannot do without it. But what is so special about Kundan jewelry and how Kundan jewelry makes you look like a queen?
What is Kundan jewelry?
Kundan jewelry is traditional Indian gemstone jewelry, that starts off in the courts of Rajasthan, a state in the Northern part of India. The Moghul kings love this type of jewelry and this type of jewelry, made in silver. And it is very popular with 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 you make Kundan jewelry?
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 make a framework of pure 24 carats gold. That is a soft gold, so you have to work very precisely to get the right shapes. After that, you pour lac or natural resin in the framework, according to a certain design. Then you place the shaped and polished colored gemstones in the framework. And you put gold foil between the mounts and the gemstones to get a neat design look. And after that, you polish the gemstones again.
The finishing touch is the enameling to you 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 mined in a natural way. Using the 24-carat gold and 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 count the enormous craftsmanship and the time-consuming process that makes 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 what 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 or 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.
Sometimes you really don’t know what jewelry matches your outfit best. Or you don’t know what jewelry accentuates your best features. What earrings match best with your beautiful eyes? Or what necklaces enlightens your face? A lot of questions and your want the answers. You can find them in a PDF FlorenceJewelshop published. It is free of charge. Just let me know where I can send it to.
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