If you are fond of heavy jewellery with a royal and ethnic look, kundan jewellery is the best choice for you. Kundan is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewellery. “Kundan” which means, a highly refined gold, is basically a gem set with a gold foil between the stones and its mount. The Mughals introduced the kundan jewellery and has since become a glorious part of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Eventually, kundan work was also introduced in Silver in various parts of Rajasthan, Bihar and Punjab.
In 2008, Kundan jewellery gave a stunning and traditional look to Aishwariya Rai in The epic movie, “Jodhaa Akbar”.
Meena kundan, also known as Bikaneri or Jaipuri Kundan is a very popular variation of kundan jewellery. In meena kundan, the stone setting is done on the front of the design. Colorful enamels are also used to make elaborate Rajasthani jewellery.
How is Kundan Jewellery made?
The main beauty of the kundan jewellery lies in the shape, polish and the cutting of the multicolored gemstones. It is designed on pure gold or a metal base.
- The procedure begins with a framework that is called “GHAAT”.
- The “PAADH” is a process in which wax is poured into the framework and shaped according to the design.
- In the “KHUDAI” process the stones or uncut gems are fit into the framework.
- “MEENAKARI” work begins with polishing and defining the basic design.
- The “PAKAI” process involves the gold foils to hold the stones into the main framework.
- And the final polishing is called “Chhilaai” process.
Uses of Kundan:
Kundan jewellery has a historical significance. Kings and queens wore these precious kundan studded ornaments which give a very unique look. Today’s women prefer a royal and traditional look at wedding parties and festivals. Kundan earrings, bangles, necklace and maang tikkas can make a bride stunning and fabulous.
Complete the attire with a sparkling and sophisticated clutch. Dazzling gold or a bright red clutch studded with kundan stones will work best for evening parties.
Sarees studded with beautiful kundan work laces, will definitely draw attention. Motifs used as patches across the sarees can look very elegant. These can be customized by having them only on the pleats, or scattered in the pallu, and so on.
You can wear kundan work georgette sarees, everywhere from wedding ceremonies to birthday parties, from festivals to candle light dinner. Kundan work has not only flourished for sarees, dresses and ornaments, but one can also find kundan “rangolis”. Buying Kundan Jewellery Online is easy as well now on websites like Voylla and Mangatrai.
Kundan at weddings or other events:
Kundan is mainly used for decorative purposes in India. Many designers love using kundan work on jewellery and clothing. This gives a royal touch to the design. Many brides today, prefer kundan studded lehengas with kundan jewellery on their wedding day.
Many Bollywood celebrities have been spotted in these stunning kundan studded jewellery. From award functions to party, diwali or wedding parties, kundan jewellery has traveled a long way.