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Make A Style Statement with an Elegant Piece of Kundan jewellery

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25th September 2020

The sheer beauty and magnificence of Kundan jewellery has the potential to grab eyeballs the moment someone sees it. The finesse, attention to intricate details and the dexterity in the hands of the Indian craftsmen is what it makes these exquisite pieces the most treasured possessions. These finely crafted pieces of Indian jewellery makes one realize why royals in the historical times relied on Kundan as a coveted piece of adornment. 

The present-day jewellers also make this jewellery today, just as breathtaking as the ones that came before. From choosing the right kind of stones to the extremely royal and classy looking floral patterns, enamel and pearl-work, everything about Kundan jewellery is just all about sophistication and elegance.

Walking Down the Memory Lane in the Pages of Hhistory

The origins of Kundan jewellery date back to the Rajput and Mughal era. It began in the north in Rajasthan, as one of the oldest jewellery traditions in India and flourished in leaps and bounds under the royal patronage of the Mughals. During the period 1526 to 1858, Kundan jewellery made a royal mark in India’s royal jewellery history. The very word ‘Kundan’ refers to refined gold in pure molten form. The bold and meticulous details of Kundan jewellery is essentially handcrafted with precious stones or coloured glass set inside gold foil, gold leaves and other gold moulds. Kundan jewellery still finds its place in the traditional trousseau of Indian women, and with modern-day designers pitching more for minimalist designs, this piece of Indian jewellery is a beautiful sight to behold!

Diverse Styles of Kundan Jewellery

There are some prominent styles of making Kundan jewellery. These are:

  1. Meenakari– Also popularly known as enamelling, this style includes colouring the metal surfaces to add to the beauty of the piece. The craftsmen engrave the coloured areas and then pour enamel dust into the shallow impressions. They then heat the piece at a high temperature after which it is polished using agate. 
  2. Polki– These patterns have uncut diamonds as the focal point of all stone works. Alternatives to uncut diamonds include precious and semi-precious stones. The best part about the craft is that with the use of uncut diamonds, it becomes impossible to duplicate these pieces, which means it’s only you who will own a particular design. 
  3. Jadau– Also popularly known as gem-setting, these jewellery pieces have stones coated on one face. The opposite side has the colourful Meenakari work adorning it, and the entire jewellery piece is nothing but a beautiful piece of art you can put on!

A Must-have for Your Jewellery Collection

If you are someone who just loves Indian jewellery pieces like Chokers or Chandbaalis, having a Kundan piece is a must. From elaborate necklaces sets to elegant Kundan work ear cuff-styled Jhumkas, you can revamp your Indian jewellery collection right away! First, think about the occasion or the event for which you are planning to buy and then conclude if you would like to go for a complete set or just a pair of earrings and bangles. For instance, if it is for attending a party at your friend’s place, a subtle Kundan stud or Kundan chandelier earring with smaller cuts and pearls could go really well with your outfit. But, if you are a would-be bride for a typical ‘big fat Indian wedding’, a layered Kundan necklace with a gold Choker and elaborate gold-work earnings would be better.

If you are planning to opt for a beautiful pair of Kundan earrings or a necklace set with a Maangtika, we at Lotus Atelier can help you. Browse through our diverse collection and place an order with us now!