In a country like India, we have so many traditional handicrafts and different types of design that we probably can’t even fit the entire list onto one page. This land is brimming with creativity and, luckily for us, abundant with skilled artisans and craftsmen. There are several types and techniques of craftsmanship when it comes to creating jewellery in India, and we’re about to take a look at the most popular design among women today, Kundan Jewellery.
Classic and Traditional, Kundan jewellery is a form of gemstone jewellery wherein real or imitation gems or glass stones are set against a gold foil and mounted onto moulded metal. This technique is usually seen in many designs of earrings and necklaces but can be used to make other types of ornaments as well.
It is widely accepted that this style of jewellery making took root in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, with heavy influences from Mughal Culture as well. This explains the regal air to the designs, as it used to be the preferred choice of Indian Royalty.
The word Kundan itself means “highly refined gold” as artisans use pure forms of molten gold when creating these pieces. It is one of the oldest forms of jewellery made in India.
A popular variation of Kundan jewellery involves setting glass or gemstones against different coloured foil backgrounds and then placing them against the gold or metal base. This creates beautifully coloured jewellery sets that add a twist to the classic plain glass designs.
Further variations have been developed over the years where people began setting gems against silver rather than gold which made it more affordable to the masses. Since then, it has become a staple part of bridal jewellery all over the country.
The main question that most people ask is ‘What’s the difference between Kundan and Polki Jewellery?”
Polki is usually much more expensive as it is made of unfinished natural and original diamonds!
Kundan can be made from several different types of stones – some original and some glass imitations, set in gold. This is the main reason why it’s more popular with women around the world, as the use of artificial stones makes Kundan jewellery a much less expensive prospect.
Another fun fact that will help you easily spot the difference between the two are their places of origin. Polki jewellery was introduced by the Mughals, while Kundan jewellery is a famous style from Rajasthan.