There are so many reasons to love Indian jewelry, be it the vibrant color palate, the ornate, handcrafted look, or the tradition behind techniques that have survived for centuries. But there’s one jewelry method that holds a special place in our hearts: Kundan work. Even though Kundan is India’s oldest jewelry technique, its bold, geometric lines make a strong 21st Century style statement.
Kundan literally means highly refined gold, and there is no shortage of beautiful metal in a Kundan piece. To achieve its signature sleek feel, Kundan jewelry makers insert gold foil between every stone and mount, a painstakingly intricate process still performed by hand. The stones in Kundan work are shaped, cut and polished with care so that each is encircled perfectly by the stunning foil work. The result? Every stone in a Kundan piece is spectacular enough to stand on its own. And once you feel the smooth, velvety texture of a Kundan necklace, you’ll know why this technique was born in luxurious royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat and is still associated with nobility today.
What has Luxemi head over heels for Kundan jewelry? For starters, we love how pieces like the Gold Kundan Collar and Earrings or the Thick Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish are intricate and bold enough to shine even without colored stones. These pieces showcase a vogue geometric design aesthetic that’s versatile enough to pair beautifully with just about any saree or salwar in your closet.
When Kundan work incorporates colored stones, the impact is out of this world. This Colorful Navaratna Kundan Set reminds us of the heavy collar necklaces popping up in Spring 2012 collections from chic designers like Lizzie Fortunato and Tom Binns. Not bad for a technique that’s been celebrated in India for centuries!
Kundan work has also been used to give embellished sarees an extra hint of glamour and shine. Check out how foil-wrapped stones pop on this gorgeous burnt orange saree and stretch satin blouse, and how they add dimension to this Magenta Saree with Kundan Work.
If you’re ready to make a bold style statement, Kundan embellished jewelry and apparel pack a powerful style punch. Stay tuned for more from our 2012 collection… we have some new Kundan pieces we know you will love!