There is a good reason why no fashionista ever gets bored of her polkis. One of India’s most time honored jewelry techniques, it has captured the imagination of desi luxe loving ladies since the Mughal period. Simply put, polki, a speciality of Bikaner in Rajasthan, is a term used to refer to ‘uncut diamonds’. They are mined from the earth naturally and boast of no added frills, enhancement or synthesis. Synonymous with old-world glamour and royalty, there’s no going wrong with it.
That’s not to say that its antique appeal makes it outdated. In fact the Luxemi girl would say quite the contrary! Don’t we all have that one (or many) cherished polki set that can take us from a red carpet soiree to a traditional wedding with equal elan?
This week we bring to you the ultimate guide on making the most of your polki baubles, no matter where you’re headed! Also look out for our quick tips on maintaining and taking care of your precious polkis.
Polki set + Traditional lehenga = Wedding reception ready
This Victorian Polki Set with Antique Finish will complement our peach Brocade Lehenga with Halter Blouse by Mallika Mathur for a stunning traditional repertoire.
Rest assured, this beauty is one you can proudly pass down to your daughter!
Polki earrings + Sequined sari = Red carpet ready
Luxemi strongly advocates the effectiveness of a dazzling pair of earrings. Sometimes it’s all you need to glam up the simplest of ensembles.
Antique kundan bangle + Flared kurta = Diwali party ready
A night of festive revelry demands you step out in something stylish yet comfortable. Thus this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel fits the bill perfectly. Accentuate it with the elegance of our Thick Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish.
This bangle is a winner…you can turn to it jazz up your LBD as well. Talk about twice as nice!
Crescent kundan jhumkis + Anarkali = Engagement party ready
When headed to a desi engagement party, you want to keep it casual chic. After all, you’ll be dancing the night away!
Tips on taking care of polkis
- Your kundans and polkis should be kept away from chemicals, perfumes or any other kind of body spray. Always slip into the jewelry 10 minutes after you spray on perfume.
- Store them in separate boxes or pouches and never stack them on top of each other.
- Since kundans and polkis are prone to moisture, store them in dry areas.
- It’s preferable to wrap them in muslin as opposed to cotton, as the cotton fibres may get stuck in the pieces.
- Warm non detergent-based soapy water is your best bet to clean your polki pieces from time to time.
So there you go… enjoy your beautiful polkis and shine bright in ‘em!
By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi