The roots of Polki diamonds can be traced back to India long before they were popular in the west, and are one of the oldest forms of cut diamonds. They are cut to follow the original rough and have an unfaceted, unpolished surface. While, they are largely used in traditional jewellery and are used mainly on festive occasions, western designers can be credited for making these classic diamonds more contemporary and coupling them with red carpet looks thus making this entire segment younger and trendier.
Jadau was the first art form in jewellery that originated in the indo Gangetic plains. It was started in Rajasthan and Gujarat during the Mughal era. Jadau requires a team of artisans involved together to complete one piece of jewellery. A design is conceptualised by the designer. Following the design The Chiterias (mould specialists) make the basic frame as per the jewellery sketch. Once the mould is ready The Ghaarias are responsible for the engraving the mould to give an ethnic old-world feel. The mould is in 22 karat usually helping the metal to be malleable hence the artisan can sculpt an intricate design. The next process is enameling or Meenakari which is done by the enameller and finally the Jadia or setter takes Care of the Kundan or gold which is in 24 karat to set the highly delicate uncut diamonds or Polkis.
Today, Polki is still one of the most coveted forms of jewellery, and only recently has become more accessible. Design and form, are two of the drivers for the discerning consumer. The appeal is that each piece is uniquely different from the other, and by virtue of the way that is cut, gives it a very subtle and understated look, thus appealing to a much younger segment.
Tyaani.com has dedicated itself towards educating the consumer about Polki, Jadau, how it differs from Kundan, as well as providing the consumer with a range of contemporary yet traditional Polki Jewellery.