Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka Set
Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka Set is nothing less than an art. Every woman wants to own one; every mother wants one in her daughter’s bridal trousseau collection. Bridal Kundan keshri, as it is less popularly known, is the art of setting precious stones and gems with a gold foil between them and the mount. The process is laborious to say the least and it can take up to months to complete one elaborate Maang Tikka. Also, it is not just one artisan or goldsmith who works on a piece of Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka. An entire team of people with varied skill sets are required to work on each different aspect of the ornament till it is completed. The final look, it must be said, is like a waterfall of lightly shimmering gems. Pure elegance, sheer confidence—it’s all embodied in a Bridal Kundan set.
Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka is one of the oldest forms of jewellery native to India, dating back to the Mughal era. The technique probably developed as a result of artisans trying to fit uncut stone into handmade jewellery. One must remember that those were the days when stone cutting and setting were yet unheard of. The name, Bridal Kundan, means ‘refined gold’ as it uses the purest form of molten gold for the foils used to set the stones. This style, of using gold foil instead of clasps and rims to set the stones, is also known as jadau. The Bridal Kundan style is believed to have originated in North India—in Delhi—and flourished under the royal patronage of the Mughals. From the Mughal royal dynasty, the style spread to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Today, it is known world over and Rajasthan is considered to be the centre for the best Bridal Kundankari workmanship.
There are many styles and variations in Bridal Kundan work, with the meena Bridal Kundan being considered the most traditional. In this style, the stones are encrusted on one side and the reverse is decorated with elaborate enamel or meenakari work. It is said that the meenakari was a way of adding to the beauty of the Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka. But overtime it came to be as much admired as the Bridal Kundan itself.
Traditional Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka comes as a full set of an ornate Maang Tikka, matching bangles or bracelet and Maang Tikka. There are even Bridal Kundan rings and hair adornments. However, nowadays these can be bought separately as well. Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka is available in all styles—as rani haars and Maang Tikkas, as a pendant at the end of a chain of precious stones or pearls, with just precious stone setting or gems and polka (the diamond stones used in the Bridal Kundan style). The bangles and Maang Tikka too can be quite the statement pieces in themselves. With Bridal Kundan jewellery Maang Tikka, even the smallest piece is elaborate. It definitely can’t be termed as light jewellery. So it calls for a special occasion to bring out that Bridal Kundan set.