Historic Kundan Jewellery for Classy Weddings
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The recent interest in ancient Indian crafts has led to the revival of Kundan jewellery. We at Mangatrai Neeraj weave our Kundan jewellery pieces taking inspiration from royalty, and then reimagining designs with our signature craftsmanship.
We marry age-old traditional techniques with modern silhouettes to craft unique pieces in Kundan in varied hues. Each piece goes beyond trends, and is decorated with precious gems like rubies, diamonds, pink sapphires and real pearls.
Kundan jewellery is extremely popular amongst brides because of the sheer opulence and brilliance of the pieces. It is due to their traditional, aesthetic appeal, that Kundan jewellery pieces occupy a place of pride in the traditional bridal trousseau.
What is Kundan Jewellery?
Kundan comes from the Hindi word kundan which means highly refined gold. In keeping with its name, a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used to craft Kundan jewellery. It is one of the older forms of jewellery made and worn in India with gusto and pride.
Kundan is a traditional form of Indian jewellery which uses gemstones and sets them with a gold foil as a mount.
It dates back to at least the 3rd century BC. It started off in the Rajasthan Royal court and then flourished under royal patronage during the Mughal era.
The Kundan jewellery was successfully copied in silver, especially in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Kundan typically costs much less than Polki jewellery and is also lighter as it does not use heavy, uncut diamonds. Because of this Kundan jewellery pieces are also priced much lower than Polki pieces.
How is Kundan Jewellery Crafted?
Kundan jewellery is created with carefully setting polished multi-coloured gemstones set into an exquisitely designed pure gold or a metal base shaped by highly trained craftsmen.
The making of a perfect Kundan jewellery piece begins with the skeletal framework called Ghaat. This is followed by the Paadh procedure in which wax is poured onto the framework and moulded according to the design.
Thereafter, the stones or uncut gems are fit into the framework. Enamelling is done for polishing the piece and bringing out the design details.
Last but not the least, the gold foils that hold the gems onto the framework are cold soldered using burnishing techniques and the gems are polished.
The uniqueness of this jewellery lies in the manner it is set. Our able goldsmiths are skilled artisans who first beat the gold into a thin pliable sheet and then this is manipulated to get the desired shape of a necklace or a bracelet.
The entire process is time consuming and needs a delicate, experienced touch. The space around the gem is then filled with gold.
Occasion Dressing with Kundan
Kundan jewellery sets are most suited for bridal wear. Apart from weddings and family occasions, Kundan sets are also greatly in demand for gifting.
Kundan jewellery is held in high esteem by people living in America, England, China and Japan. The different cuts, techniques, and designs of Kundan jewellery are quite in demand globally.
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