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 Age old tradition “Kundan-Meenakari”

“Kundan” & “Meena” jewels are two such examples that are royal, exquisite and timeless that is carried by women over the years and passed on to their daughters.

HISTORY

Kundan  Meenakari Jewellery is one of the oldest form of Jewellery made and worn in Rajasthan,India which is made in one of the purest form of gold that is 24 Karat gold known as Kundan.Kundan Meena  is a traditional Indian Gemstone Jewellery which is totally handmade and handcrafted by old craftsmanship originate in royal courts of Rajasthan, India. Rulers and feudal lords gave patronage to the art and it developed into perfection. Artistic assimilations after the Mughal invasion of India in the 16th century. During that era, Rajasthan gained Mughal attention for its wealth and beauty. Just like Mughal princes who united with Rajasthani princesses in marriage, it’s a  Mughal style of Jewellery settings like meenakari, jadau and kundan too merged with the Indian idea of navratna.

PROCESS

A single piece of Kundan Jewellery is done by different artisans. Kundan jewelry is created by setting carefully shaped, cut and polished multicolored gemstones into an exquisitely designed pure gold or faux metal base. The elaborate process begins with the skeletal framework on which wax is later poured and molded according to the design. Following this the stones or uncut gems are fit into the framework  using Kundan( gold foils) to hold the gems onto the framework. Traditional kundan Jewellery has stones,flat/uncut diamond “polki” encrusted on side and colourful and intricate Meenakari(enameling) on one side and colourful and intricate Meenakari on the reverse, enhance the look of the piece. Specialized and traditional closed back setting “Jadau” styles of Rajasthan.The criteria’s do the work of basic designing of the Jewellery, engraving work is carried out be Ghaaria’s,the enamelling work is done by the enameller, the goldsmith looks after the gold or Kundan work and finally stone Setters do work of just setting the precious stone in the holes of the Jewellery.Different precious stone which can be incorporated in Kundan Jewellery comprise of uncut diamonds, emerald, ruby, topaz, amethyst, jade, rock crystal, sapphires, agate, criteria garnet etc.