Kundan is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewellery involving a gem set with gold foil between the stones and its mount, usually for elaborate necklaces. The method is believed to have originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is the oldest form of jewellery made and worn in India. The word kundan means highly refined gold, and a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used.
Kundan, also known as Bikaneri or Jaipuri jewellery, is a popular variation, wherein enameling with vivid colors and designs is on the reverse, while the kundan setting is in the front. The city of Jaipur in Rajasthan has traditionally been the center for Kundan jewellery in India.
Jadau Jewellery forms one of the major examples of high skilled craftsmanship that was brought into India by Mughals. Historically speaking, the tradition of Jadau work has been in practice in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat since the Mughal Era. Jadau jewellery is also called Engraved Jewellery and is unique and a kind in itself. Considered to be a traditional jewelry of India, it is used in many traditional and auspicious occasions, like marriages and festival celebrations.
Jadau work is team work, where a group of craftsmen are involved together. Each craftsman carries out a specific task related to the jewelry creation. The Chiterias make the basic design, Ghaarias are responsible for engraving and making holes, Meenakari or Enameling is done by the enameler and the goldsmith takes care of the kundan or the gold. These days, Jadau is done on not just jewellery, but also jewellery boxes and delicate showpieces.
This wonderfully exquisite Bridal Jadau/Kundan 22k necklace. Had black beeds that have gold beads all the way down till it meets gold box link chain till you get to the pendant at the bottom. The pendant is 2 birds facing each-other with enamel brest and heads. One bird is missing the enamel on its head where the eye is. After the pendant we have a small dangle of 22k gold that has a red enamel teardrop look to it. Joining to the pendant are 2 beads of red/green and 22k gold. Do not miss out on this true work of art.