What is Polki?
Polki is nothing but uncut and unpolished diamond that is used in its natural form, without any physical or chemical treatment. Hence the stones have an unfinished look that adds a lot of character to them. Given that it is diamond in its natural form, the demand for polki is very high, making jadau jewellery expensive.
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How is Polki different from Kundan?
Many people assume that Polki and Kundan can be used interchangeably to mean the same thing while the fact is that they are different as chalk and cheese. While Polki is made of uncut diamonds, Kundan is made of glass stones. If you compare two necklaces in the same design, one Polki and the other Kundan, you will find that the Polki necklace shines brighter and is finished better.
Polki gives off a much softer sparkle hence the brilliance is more subtle as compared to Kundan which is highly polished glass hence reflects light brightly.
Each piece is unique and the beauty lies in its imperfections. Polki Jewellery is handcrafted and no two pieces of Polki are alike. Kundan are machine made, pieces of glass that are highly polished and shine brightly.
A discerning eye can easily distinguish between the two.
How is Polki Jewellery made?
Polki jewellery is made by placing uncut diamonds in gold jewellery using gold foils and lac. Jadau, the hindi word for ‘embedding’ is often used to refer to this kind of jewellery. The diamonds are placed on a foil of pure gold which lends them a brilliant shine when they reflect light. They are then fused with the gold jewellery and further adorned with pearls and other precious stones like rubies and tourmalines that make an interesting combination. Read our blog 'Making of Jadau' to know in detail.
What do we mean by jadau?
Jadau is a technique where precious stones are embedded in gold combining the arts of Kundan, Polki and Meenakari to a beautiful amalgamation, creating unique statement jewellery. While Kundan jewellery as such, uses the same setting, they use glass or stone inlays, whereas Jadau uses uncut diamonds, and the best of precious stones to create pieces of beauty and value.
Which areas are most famous for Jadau Jewellery?
Jaipur, Hyderabad and Bikaner are the most famous regions that specialize in Jadau jewelry, but as more and more brides and young woman want to look regal and traditional on special occasions, the creators have started supplying to more cities across India.
What is Jadau most famously used for?
Perfect for special occasions, such as weddings or festivals, Jadau jewelry oozes life with its vibrant colours and intricate designs. Each piece is made up of precious stones, gems and crystals embedded in gold, without any adhesive, therefore the impressive colours and forms of the stones really stand out. These statement pieces are passed through families for generations and are very much adored by those who wear them.
If you are interested in pieces that have a unique character and are fascinated by the subtle sparkle of Polki jewellery, then you must invest in a Polki set – it will not only be a great buy for your wedding but will be a great way to start your heirloom collection that you can hand over to your next generation with pride.
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