The most common thing about all the royals a thousands of years ago? The expensive, gold, full of stones, glamorous jewelry. It was considered to be the symbol of the elite and an integral part of their heritage; so you can imagine the time-consuming process that went into making it! With so many forms of jewelry back then, the difference between them seem blurred, creating confusion about Polki, Kundan, Meenakari and Jadau jewelry. Let’s clear those misconceptions today and find out what uniqueness they hold:
Kundan jewelry is confused with a lot of other forms of jewelry, but the fact is that kundan does not use diamonds, even though it looks like one. Kundan uses glass which is processed to be set in gold and make the perfect royal design for your wedding.
A similar technique to Kundan, but the major difference is that it uses uncut diamonds in the design instead of glass. Its natural style makes it expensive, and high in demand. Polki pieces are almost impossible to duplicate because every diamond included does not have the same shape. Talk about being unique!
Nothing short of enchanting, this particular style is often confused with Polki and Kundan. The process includes softening of gold after which precious gemstones are set into it. The stones then adhere to the gold without any additional adhesive as opposed to Polki and Kundan.
Meenakari was brought to the subcontinent from Persia and the process involves a lot of intricate work. This form of jewelry can be added as a step in the creation of Polki and Kundan jewelry or it can stand alone as its own. The process involves a lot of intricate work, not only in the front, but also on the back.
Jewelry in all the styles look equally beautiful because that is what it’s made to do. Each piece is unique from the other one and brings its wearer into the limelight. All these pieces even today are high in demand. May it be a choker, an elaborate raani haar, the extravagant maatha patti or even chaandbalis, they give an extremely royal look to the bride or anyone who wears it.
Popularity and demand of jewelry is never going to get less. With the increase in variety and intricate detail work, their demand is certainly going up with years. The similarities are there, but, each piece holds its own look and quality that has been handed down from centuries and will definitely continue to rule our hearts, and of course, body.
Did you know about these differences before?