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The wedding season will be back this summer and shopping lists will be made. It’s time to do some research, it’s time to make some notes so you don’t spend your hard earned penny on all the wrong things. Kundan and Polki are both stones and when you keep the two together, they look very similar. Chaandbalis, jhumkas, necklaces, bangles, rings and more; you’ve adorned them at weddings and caught every eye in the room with your ravishing beauty. They require great skill and craftsmanship and look absolutely beautiful in their traditional avatar. But did you know that they are vastly different from each other?
Polki jewellery is made of unfinished natural diamonds. It’s also more expensive since the diamond is in its natural form without any enhancement in a lab. It’s shinier and highly valued and greater in demand for its authenticity. Kundan, on the other hand is made out of glass and is also known as ‘glass polki’. It’s more affordable and is extremely elaborate with layers upon layers of stone and precious metals. The technique used to create the two styles is called Jadau. Often misinterpreted as a form of jewellery; jadau is only part of the craft and not the creation.
Introduced to India by the Mughals, polki is every piece of royal. The uncut diamonds are placed in a fashion where they reflect light and the work is done only on 24 carat gold jewellery making it worth every penny. If you’re looking to invest in a timeless piece of wedding jewellery, an elaborate Polki neckpiece is your answer!
Kundan originated in Rajasthan and has immense variety to offer. The work is intricate and the base of these pieces is enamelled. Chandelier earrings, an elegant maang-tika or a gorgeous kada; kundan looks stunning with even gem stones like rubies and emeralds.
We’ve covered the techniques and told you about the aesthetics but if you still have questions; we’ve got you covered in the comments below!