Friday, February 12, 2021

Kundan Jewelry

Kundan Jewelry  

Kundan jewelry with its intricately crafted designs has forever fascinated fashion-enthusiasts globally. The word Kundan means ‘highly refined gold’, and as such the quality of gold used to create Kundan jewelry is of high purity. This type of jewelry was once worn by the Mughal royalty and the designs from that era are still a hot favorite, due to their elegant and rich appearance. Contrary to popular belief, Kundan refers to the purity of the gold and not to the stones. It is often confused with Polki work. A tribute to Indian ethnicity, Kundan transforms Indian attire and enhances a woman’s festive or ceremonial look greatly.

Kundan jewelry is probably the oldest form of jewelry craft in India, brought to the country and flourishing under the patronage of Mughals. The craft was then successfully adapted by the royal families in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Meena Kundan, is a variation that has enameling done with vivid colors and patterns on the reverse and Kundan detailing on the front of the piece. In this old art form, the gem stones are set with gold foil between the stones and its mount.

Kundan jewelry usually has more detailed and intricate designs. Precious and semi-precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and topaz, are used. It was later on copied in silver metal at places like Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar and became available to the common man too.

Traditionally Kundan jewelry is created and sold in matching sets, the designs being extremely detailed. The set comprises of a necklace, earrings and bangles. Nowadays though, individual pieces can be bought separately as well. Besides ornate jewelry sets, waist belts, jewelry cases, toe rings, nose rings, anklets, hair ornaments, maang tikkas, pendants, and armbands are also popular.

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