How i Found My Wedding Set
When i was getting married, we didn’t really go hunting a great deal for my jewellery. In our family, the jewellery is gifted by our maama (mums brothers) …so one day my maami called me saying she had seen some really pretty sets , and gold was starting to touch new highs so it was better that we buy it for my wedding as soon as possible. She had seen some sets that she loved but all were expensive -around the 7-8 lakh mark.
After we did a quick roundup of the usual suspects in Delhi- M.Rajsons, Khanna, Mehrasons, Surana etc I pretty much liked every second thing I saw (I was like Oooooh Shinnnyyyy) but my mom still remembered one set she had seen in a local jewellers house. That was the first set she had seen just as my Roka had happened and she still remembered it and soon enough dragged me along to see it. When I first saw it was like meh! Its ok. But as soon as she draped it on my neck I just loved the simplicity and elegance and classy-ness of it. I hadnt even bought my lehenga yet, but I knew it was the sort of universal set that would go with everything so i didnt even bother! Infact my mum and the jeweller insisted i change the pearls in the set to rubies so that it looked more bridal, so i agreed. But when it came with the rubies it just lost its charm for me so I had it re-done in pearls. Then my maami called and INSISTED that i get a real maang tikka matching with it so I did, and im glad i did because now i use all the components of the set so many times. I didnt really care too much for jewellery before I got married, but I think its one of the laws of the universe that you get drawn to expensive royal baubles around your neck as soon as you become a bride!!!
That is my Polki Set with Pearls. The jeweller also sold it to me saying i could break it into two components later on. The choker part and the lower necklace part can be detached. Btw, i hate my makeup in this photo- so loud!
To those who are a tad bit ill versed with jewellery- this is what all those terms mean:
- Kundan : This is basically glass. Jewellers cut glass and set it in gold with Meena kari (colorful Lac) on the back. Kundan sets give the same look as polki except they shine lesser and because its just glass they are also cheaper.
-Polki : Its hard to distinguish in terms of looks between Kundan and Polki because they look so similar however Polki is uncut, raw, diamonds. You know those pretty baubles you see on engagement rings- those are not how natural diamonds look like. Those are polished, and cut to precision to look like that. When you dont cut a diamond you get what is called Polki. Similar looking to Kundan but shines a LOT more and is also a LOT more expensive.
- Jadau : This is not really a type of stone like the above two but its a term that people use wrongly pretty often. Jadau is simply a way of using Kundan & Polki & Meenakari in an engraved setting. Gold foil is used to set Polki stones with meenakari at the back. Jadau is a technique, Polki & Kundan are stones.
-Diamonds: A girls best friend, and obviously the most expensive of the lot!
-Gold : I am actually a big fan of plain gold sets as well, but somehow our jewellers in the North dont do such a great job of making fantastic ones. The ones i love are the antique gold sets where the gold has a bronzed – tarnished look. I also think south indian temple jewellery is absolutely stunning and gold with meena sets are pretty as well. They are really what you should buy if you view jewellery as an investment as you get the highest returns from them.
The gold content in Kundan/Polki sets is low because the gold is used just to make the frame- its filled with lac inside- however some jewellers also put gold at the back which significantly increases the price. Its always important to ask questions such as “What is the gold grammage on the set”or “How much percentage of the cost is gold cost”- specially if you look at jewellery from an investment perspective
A Kundan set with pearls and rubies
A polki set from Khanna Jewellers
A four string Kundan necklace with emerald drops
Our Real Bride Anju had the most stunning Gold Jewellery. Read about her here
How to care for them:
Polki/Kundan – Do not keep them in those velvet jeweller boxes if you want the shine to remain intact. Put Polki in between sheets of butter paper and store in a plastic air tight box. Not sure if this works for kundan but to keep Polki shining as ever, this is what needs to be done.If your Polki/Kundan set looks tarnished -you can send these for polishing.
Diamond: These can be stored in velvet boxes, but when your diamonds start to loose shine- this is the only way to get their sparkle back. In warm to hot water put a dash or two of washing powder and drop your rings and earrings in there. Wipe with a clean towel once out-they will be spanking new.
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