Kundan Jewellery

One of the oldest forms of jewellery made and worn in India is the 24-carat pure gold Kundan jewellery. Kundan work is a method of gem setting, consisting of inserting gold foil between the stones and its mount. Kundan jewellery received great patronage during the Mughal era and the most beautiful pieces were created in those times.

Often Kundan work is combined with enameling, Meenakari, so that a piece of jewellery has two equally beautiful surfaces, enamel at the back end and Kundan set gems in the front. Meenakari involves the fusion of colored minerals, such as cobalt oxide for blue, copper oxide for green. This, on the surface of the metal, gives the effect of precious stone inlay work. Lately designers have started using uncut diamonds/ colored glass or crystals as embellishments in saris, lehengas and accessories like handbags and shoes. This is called "Kundan Work" as it involves embroidery with stones set in metal surround and looks similar to Kundan jewellery.

Tips for Buying Kundan Jewelry

  • Old, solid gold ornaments are sometimes filled with shellac. It is important to determine this in order to not be overcharged.

  • In trying to differentiate between an old and a new minakari piece, remember that the older the piece, the more intricate the design and more brilliant the colour.

  • To identify imperfections in a diamond, look for tiny, rents or fissures and specks. If the diamond has any of these, it is flawed. Note also that a real diamond can never have scratches on its surface, if it does, it is not a diamond.

  • Genuine kundan-set crystal has a mellow, opaque appearance. Artificial kundan-set crystal is transparent and it glitters. This is due to the fact that glass has been used instead of crystal and colored tinfoil under the stones to create the illusion of color.

  • New cord in an old piece should not make the buyer suspicious. It could have been replaced to hold the ornament together.

Kundan care
Here are some tips on how to take good care of your Kundan Jewellery.

  • When replacing the jewellery after use, wipe it with a suede cloth to restore its shine.

  • If space is an issue, place the jewellery in between layers of cotton wool and seal it in a good plastic bag.

  • Do not clean the jewellery with soap and water.

  • Keep a pouch of desiccant with the piece to protect it from tarnishing due to excessive humidity. Dampness causes the silver in the setting to tarnish and the enamel to crack.

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