Kundan jewellery is for you if you are into royal and ethnic looks. It was introduced by the Mughals and it has since become a part of Gujarati and Rajasthani art. Kundan is roughly translated to “highly refined gold”, and since the same gold is used to make the frame of the Kundan jewellery, they were named thusly.
Kundan is a big influential part of the Indian fashion scene. In the past, Kundan has influenced countless kings and queens and their attires. The Mughal queens were known to wear Kundan jewellery pieces during occasions and events. Even now, it plays a major role in defining the fashion of many well-known celebrities. Kundan has been seen in movies, celebrity wedding, fashion show and even internationally, inspiring the works of many designers like Bulgari and Buccellati.
How Kundan Jewellery is made
The main attraction of Kundan jewellery is in the shape, the cut and the polish of the gemstones.
- Begins with a framework called “Ghaat”.
- “Paadh” is a process in which lac is poured into the frame and its shaped accordingly.
- In the “Khudai” process, the stones are attached to the framework.
- “Meenakari” begins with enameling the basic design.
- In the “Pakai” process, the gold foils hold the gemstones onto the framework.
- The final polishing process is called “Chillai”.
Kundan jewellery in movies
Many movie stars have been seen donning some amazing Kundan works of art in movies.
In the 2008 movie “Jodhaa Akbar”, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is seen wearing Kundan jewellery on multiple occasions.
Similarly, Deepika Padukone also dons some fantastic Kundan pieces in the 2018 movie, “Padmaavat”.
Kundan at weddings or other events:
Our fashion is influenced immensely by what celebrities choose to wear. Well-known individuals become trendsetters in the fashion industry. In a similar sense, famous Bollywood celebrities have sported some wildly creative Kundan pieces for their weddings. Some of the famous celebrities are:
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s grand Kundan neckpiece was the talk of the day at her wedding. To add to that, two longer Kundan haars were layered with it to give her the most glamorous look of all time.
- Bipasha Basu.
Bipasha Basu’s 2016 wedding with Karan Singh Grover was the talk of the town, especially with her donning an amazing Kundan neckpiece, studded with emeralds. To go with that, she wore a Jadau maang tikka, earrings, jhumkaas and to top it off, a haath phool with studded pearls.
- Anushka Sharma.
The wedding of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli was the one to talk about for months. Anushka looked like a dream in her Kundan jewellery set, which had a layered neckpiece, jhumkaas and a matha patti designed by Sabyasachi.
A lot of Bollywood celebrities have been seen on multiple occasions in these stunning Kundan jewellery sets. From award functions to parties, Kundan jewellery has traveled a long way to gain the kind of awe that it does today.