Romancing the stone with beautiful Kundan Jewelry
With the winter wedding and festive season looming ahead of us, it’s time to fix our fashion radar firmly on traditional Indian jewelry. As every fashionista knows how to do her own style spin on traditional looks and techniques, modern Indian jewelry designers are working with traditional and well-established styles of Indian jewelry to give it their own unique style spin. Out of the many popular techniques known, one of the most popular styles is that of Kundan Jewelry.
Kundan is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewelry involving a gem set with gold foil between the stones and its mount, usually for elaborate necklaces. The method is believed to have originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is one of the older forms of jewelry made and worn in India.The word Kundan means highly refined gold and a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used.
Kundan flourished under royal patronage during the Mughal era. Over the years, the Kundan jewelry of the courts was successfully copied in silver in Rajasthan, Bihar, and the Punjab and became popular with the common man.It remains an integral part of the traditional bridal wedding trousseau. Traditional settings are also experiencing a revival. Most recently, in films, Jodhaa Akbar, the lead character portrayed by AishwariyaRai was extensively shown wearing Kundan jewelry, highlighting its influence among Rajasthani royalty.
The technique used for making Kundan jewelry consists of using fine and uncut stones are set on 24k gold jewelry using lac and gold foils. The underside of these pieces is then enameled with an intricate meenakari process.
Though this jewelry is mostly found in Jaipur and Hyderabad, due to its immense popularity pieces can be found all over India and the technique has been used and copied by many western design houses as well. Indian influenced designs by international design houses such as Chanel have also seen hints of Kundan influences in their jewelry and clothing designs.
At Pookaari, we have curated a collection of Kundan jewels by designers such as DivyaChugh ,Preeti Mohan , Ruhmet and Karmic Kabira amongst many others. Shop from our collection of stunning pendants, bracelets, earrings and even Kundan inspired bags and accessories to shine, dazzle and look your traditional and glamorous best this season. These pieces can be worn with traditional clothes or even with western dresses to add a glamorous and old world charm to your outfit and help you stand out on any occasion.