Indian royal vintage – Kundan jewellery
Whenever we talk about 'kundan' jewellery the only thing that strikes us is that it is flourished under royal patronage during the Mughal era . Kundan jewellery remains an integral part in wedding trousseaus, mainly in Rajasthan, Bihar and Punjab. It is created by setting carefully shaped and cut, and later polished multi-coloured gemstones into an exquisitely designed pure gold or faux metal base. The pieces of kundan jewellery can be formed in different designs like ‘tiklis’ , necklaces, chokers, payals, ,earrings, armlets ,rings etc. Much of its beauty is derived from the value and authenticity thus making a replica would be defeating its essence.
Kundan jewellery is considered to follow one of the oldest jewellery making traditions of India.
The extravagance of the bygone era is back. Today’s fashion continues to be inspired by the glorious past that is characterized by exquisite workmanship, splendid colours and ornate styles. Kundan chokers can be seen at marriage ceremonies - they are a little tight and embrace the neckline, studded with diamond and enamelled with multicoloured gems. Other than that Kundan earrings paired with ruby and emerald with diamonds gives a unique and mesmerising touch to the wearer..It is also considered to be one of the most opulent jewellery styles of all times.The ‘polki’ setting in diamond ,emerald and rubies pulls out the look and the effect is striking.
Kundan on silver is also available in both traditional and contemporary choices, and is equally appealing. Emeralds ,topaz, bloodstones, moonstones, sapphires and amethysts are frequently used with silver. Kundan is said to made not only for humans but also for deities and also for ceremonial animals like elephants and horses. The materials used in making kundan have to be of the finest qualities and the gold used is of a very high quality.
It is also a process of of settling gemstones by embedding them in a design of of pure, soft or melted gold. This gold helps to hold the gemstone in a hollow structure and the opposite side is ornamented with enamel work or ‘minakari’. This jewellery is known worldwide for its aesthetic beauty and distinctive design. Indian brides have loved to adorn themselves with kundan jewellery because it is the epitome of Indian cultural values and matchless beauty.