Baubles and jewels in India have traditionally been an intricate and essential part of people lives. An occasion's first on the checklist comes what jewellery to be bought, gifted, or worn suiting the kind of event one has to participate in! However, upon entering the world of traditional Indian jewellery, one finds it absolutely confusing in understanding which type, gemstone, design, or craft is what. Today, we are decoding one of the most -in-trend, Bollywood's, famous Designer's and global artists' favourite, Kundan Jewellery that you see adorned by these stars and who's who! Let us understand what goes into making heirloom Kundan Jewellery that's such a rage everywhere!
Kundan, which is a traditional Indian form of gemstone jewellery is stated to have originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The traces of kundan jewellery being a must-have can be found especially in the Mughal era, where any bride's trousseau comprised one or many a different Kundan Jewellery sets and pieces that would complement any and every type of royalty fashion-wear. Can you reckon some of the biggest epic movies in Bollywood of recent times, especially where Aishwarya Rai was extensively shown wearing Kundan Jewellery?
Kundan Jewellery may vary in size as it heavily depends upon the number of diamonds and gemstones used in creating a piece. First, carefully shaped uncut diamonds and gemstones are properly set into a gold or faux metal base. This elaborate skeletal work is known as Ghaat, after which, some wax is poured into the frame and moulded as per the design, a process known as Paadh. Following this step is the placement and fitting of gemstones into the frame, known as Khudai. Next in step comes enamelling of the design details and this procedure is famously known as Meenakari. Finally, gold foils are used to hold the gems into place and then polishing of the gems is done, with the processes being known as Pakai and Chillai!
Popular Gemstones used in Kundan Jewellery-
Pearls, Diamonds, Emeralds, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Garnet, Crystal, Amethyst, and Jade are some of the most commonly used gemstones to create artistic pieces of Kundan Jewellery.
Types of Kundan Jewellery in Vogue-
The popularity of Kundan Jewellery has leapt exponentially. It is mostly because of being a hit amongst the Bolly-brides like Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, and the likes, whom all we have seen rocking Kundan Jewellery on their D-day! From Satladas to Rani Haar, from Chokers to Mathapattis, and from Kamarbands to Hath phool, Kundan Jewellery is plainly in the limelight everywhere.
The Right Maintenance-
The last thing you would want to see on your beloved Kundan Jewellery set is fading and discolouration. Therefore, maintaining your heirloom Kundan Jewellery piece is absolutely imperative. And how to do so? Here are some handy tips to follow:
1. Use a velvet or a soft suede cloth to clean or wipe over your jewellery with a very light hand. Due to its non-abrasive surface, the gems won't be scratched while cleaning.
2. Keep your perfumes and scents at bay when wearing Kundan Jewellery.
3. Avoid using harsh chemicals or liquids to clean your Kundan Jewellery. Even soaps can lead to discolouration.
4. Use a separate box or bag to store each Kundan Jewellery item. Storing jewellery pieces together will lead to scratches due to bumping.
5. In case your Kundan Jewellery is already tarnished, always seek professional help to restore the piece.
6. Last but not least, store Kundan Jewellery in a place that has minimal or no moisture at all.
The love affair with Kundan Jewellery is an everlasting one. And we hope that you to keep rocking those beauties on you!