Even if you have never seen a piece of polki jewellery, the chances are you have heard of it due to its rich heritage and association with royalty.
Polki jewellery oozes grandeur and opulence, and isn't a discreet piece of jewellery to wear, but rather a statement piece, that has the complete power to transform an ordinary outfit into a sophisticated number.
The origin of polki jewellery sets and its designs are deeply rooted in the history and culture of India.
Since we have come across many questions about polki jewellery in the past, we decided to introduce you to polki jewellery and tell you the key things you need to know.
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 Polki jewellery very expensive. In most families, Polki jewellery are heirloon pieces,passed from one generation to another.
The art of making Polki jewellery was brought to India by the Mughals. Mughal emperors and queens have been documented to have worn Polki jewellery in extremely intricate designs, proving that this form of craft is over a hundreds of years old. It is a craft that requires a great amount of skill and dedication, each piece of jewellery takes days to be completed.
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 – why not when it comes at a premium price?
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 with the uncut diamonds.
Given that it is made of uncut diamonds, polki jewellery is very expensive, with the value of a necklace running into thousands of pounds. The value of a piece depends on the colour, clarity and the carat of the diamonds that have been used to make it. Not surprising that Polki jewellery has so much value attached to it that it becomes a heirloom piece.
In the recent few years we have seen tremendous amount of interest in our ancient crafts leading to the revival and an increased demand in Polki jewellery. Brides last year were seen wearing Polki chokers and chaand-balis with aplomb and making a lasting style statement with their jewellery. What's more, you can also team it with contemporary wear and jazz up the look as we have often spotted fashionista Sonam Kapoor do.
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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