Kundan

Kundan Jewelry

A mere look at enviable collection of Kundan Jewelry which is on display at most of Indian museums will leave you dumbstruck. You will be amazed at the masterpieces and the level of expertise and skill required in attaining such perfection in a piece of jewelry.

Kundan jewelry was patronized by the royals and the rich in the past but with increasing popularity, more and more people are opting for it.Kundan Jewelry is another blend of gold jewelry. Here, highly refined gold is used in conjunction with a special material called lac. Lac is a natural resin made from a hardened tree sap. Here, each piece of jewelry containing holes is separately made. These pieces are then joined to make one single piece by soldering. Engraving work is then done, depending upon the design. Following this, lac is laid out in these holes and can be seen from the front side. On this highly refined gold is poured, followed by the precious stone. The lac is covered by the gold and the precious stone is finally set. For extra durability, more kundan or refined gold can be added.

A single piece of Kundan jewelry is done by different artisans. The chiterias do the work of basic designing of the jewelry, engraving work is carried out be ghaarias, the enameling work is done be the enameler, the goldsmith looks after the gold or kundan work and finally stone setters do work of just setting the precious stone in the holes of the jewelry. Different precious stones which can be incorporated in kundan jewelry comprise of agate, garnet, emerald, topaz, amethyst, jade, rock crystal, spinel, uncut diamonds, sapphires etc.

Rajasthan and it cities of Jaipur, Nathdwara and Bikaner are well known for kundan jewelry. You will be surprised to see the variety of kundan jewelry available here ranging from jewelry sets, earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, armbands, nose rings etc. Intricate motifs, designs and engravings make each piece of kundan jewelry distinct and striking from each other. Most of the kundan jewelry available today is replicas of earlier designs of the olden days.


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