Kundan and Polki were introduced to us by the Mughals. (There's a reason why we associate royalty to the Mughals.) The process of making Kundan and Polki is called Jadau. So know that is in the clear, what is the main difference between the two?
What is Kundan?
Gold is beaten up into strips and shaped into the desired form to form the base. The glass stones - emeralds, rubies and sapphires are carefully set into the base to make what is called Kundan. It doesn't have a very high content of Gold as it is mostly about the stones. This type of art is native to only India which makes it extremely sought after.
What is Polki?
Polki is uncut diamonds in their raw, pure form. Polki does not undergo chemical treatments, unlike other diamonds. It doesn't have a very clear colour giving it a very rustic look. Since it's the purest form of diamonds available, it's extremely expensive. There are a lot of families that have passed on polki as heirlooms. The process of Polki is the same as Kundan. With Polki, Kundan can also be used, making it even more expensive.
So there's not much difference between Kundan and Polki except for the stones used. Oh and, of course, the price. Also, the lustre and shine are obviously greater of diamonds (even uncut ones) to glass. And that's why Polki has more sheen to it than Kundan.
These jewellery styles are mainly made in Gujarat and Rajasthan. So head with the to-be bride to one of these states to get the best designs and price!Comments
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