Haven’t we all got confused at some point distinguishing between Kundan and Polki jewellery? We can understand that you may be getting confused, as both Kundan and Polki jewellery look very similar. Even though they are similar looking, you must remember that they are significantly different from each other. So before you make an investment in bridal jewellery, it is very important for you to know the types of bridal jewellery.
Check this ultimate guide to understand what is Polki and to differentiate it from Diamond and Kundan:
What is Polki Jewellery?
Polkis are natural diamonds in their pure and raw form. Polki jewellery is basically created with unfinished diamonds in their natural form. If these unfinished diamonds are polished and chemically treated they look like shiny diamonds. The colour of Polki as compared to the chemically and lab processed diamonds is a little rustic. Jewellery designers typically create Polki jewellery by using gold foil, which has intricate designs at the back and they then place the uncut diamonds in gold foils. Polki jewellery has uncut diamonds in it which makes it expensive as compared to Kundan jewellery. Polki jewellery has an old world charm and goes very well with other bright stones. This is a good investment as Polki jewellery can be passed down the generations as an heirloom.
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What is Kundan Jewellery?
Kundan jewellery is basically created using glass stones. This is a traditional Rajasthani jewellery made of glass polki. Basically no diamonds (whether finished or unfinished) are used to create kundan jewellery pieces. Kundan jewellery is created using glass stones, which are then set in gold or silver. This makes it deceptively similar looking to polki or jadua. Kundan jewellery is made from precious metals and has a lot of intricate detailing work at the back. Kundan jewellery is a popular choice with many brides-to-be.
Kundan jewellery is not as expensive as polki jewellery, therefore it makes an excellent choice if you do not want to burn a big hole in your pocket.
Decoding Jadau Jewellery
There is a common misconception that jadau is a type of jewellery or stone. However, jadau is a traditional technique which is employed to create kundan and, or, polki jewelry. Basically, both Kundan and Polki jewellery have a similar manufacturing process. The process is called Jadau. The literal translation of the word “Jad” is to be embedded and that is how the craftsman create kundan and, or, polki jewellery. Jadau technique is intricate and involves a series of tedious tasks. 24-carat gold is used as the base for both jewellery pieces. But, the stones used are different and so is the final product.
Talking about the price, Kundan is slightly cheaper than Polki and it is only because Polki has uncut diamonds in it and Kundan has stones in it. Which is why Polki is expensive than Kundan.
Where to buy Kundan and Polki jewellery?
Both Kundan and Polki jewellery are traditional Indian wedding jewellery pieces. It is nothing less than an investment for a bride. So, if you want to buy authentic Kundan or Polki jewellery then buy it either from Rajasthan or Gujarat. These two states are the hub for Kundan and Polki jewellery, you will find the best designs and trends there.
Hope this small guide will help you pick just the right jewellery you wish to wear. Also, make sure you don’t buy anything that will make you regret your decision. Check multiple times and then invest in any jewellery.