How to evaluate, buy and preserve Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry

 Kundan Meena Jadau pendant set
Kundan Meena Jadau pendant set

How to evaluate Kundan Meena Hadau Jewelry?

Interested in buying some Kundan Meena Jadau ornaments? A temptation for the same is really irresistible especially for a woman or a girl. However, wait for a moment and read this article carefully before going to purchase such expensive jewelry!!!

You are going to invest a huge amount of buying it. The enameled gold Jewelry (ornament) you love to purchase has to remain with you for quite a long time, probably for the lifetime.

This investment can pay you a good return if carefully chosen. Gold has appreciated 5000 percent since last 35 years!!! And old antique Jadau? Much more than that. Believe?


It will be better to know about the inside story before buying it. You have all rights to know the real value of the jewelry you are purchasing. The value of Kundan Meena Jadau ornaments depends on several factors. Total gold weight and purity of gold play a major role in valuation. Value also depends on size, weight, and quality of the diamond and other stones.

Oh! I forget! Art and Design do matter.

Sarpech, turban jewelry

Kundan Jadau Sarpech, 18 century
Kundan Jadau Sarpech, 18 century

Factors of Kundan Meena Jadau evaluation

It is difficult for a common man or woman to evaluate Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry. However, some tips are provided here.

1. Normally, thick walled ornaments have a lesser gold percentage. Thickness is used to pour more flux inside. It needs the expertise to determine whether fluxes are light in weight or heavy.

2. Look at the enamel work minutely. If the art is clearly visible and engravings are prominent, there is a fair chance of a thick gold plate inside the gold jewelry, Otherwise, it may have a thin gold plate resulting lesser gold weight in Meena Jewelry. Normally bright red color of enamel shows good purity. Even if the piece has enameling work in other colors brightness does matter.

3. Carat weight and quality of diamonds used effects a lot in the pricing of Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry. These have a crucial role in high priced ornaments. In high-end products, the emphasis remains on the value of diamonds rather than gold. The price of diamonds depends on its size and quality. In general, bigger the size more the price. Whiteness and purity mainly determine the quality of diamonds.

Prices fall and rise sharply with quality and size. Hence, slight deterioration in quality may cause lower value. Before buying a Kundan Meena Jadau, it is better to compare the quality of diamonds. (Normally flat or uncut diamonds are used in Kundan Jadau which is called parav / polki). The thickness of the parav / polki is the determining factor of diamond weight along with size and number of pieces.

You can determine the purity of diamond viewing it through an eyeglass (Magnifier 10X . Black spotted diamonds normally has a lesser value whereas white spotted fetch a medium price). Of course, clean diamonds are the costliest.

The color of diamonds normally varies from white to brown (light brown, brown and dark brown). More the color, less the price. Whites are the best. Cutting of diamond also subscribes in evaluating diamonds.

It is very difficult to describe how to evaluate colored stones. There are varieties of color stones such as Ruby, Sapphires, Emerald, tourmaline etc. Every stone has different valuation and characteristics. However, generally, it does not affect much the value of the whole piece. Exceptions are the beads or long beads / drops hanged those have a significant impact on the total value.

Jadau Kundan Meena jewellery

Kundan Meena necklace set studded with ruby and diamond polki jadau
Kundan Meena necklace set studded with ruby and diamond polki jadau

How to buy Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry

Whenever you decide to buy an art piece of Kundan Meena Jadau, go to a trust-worthy Jeweler. It is in your best interest to ask your seller about the total weight of gold used and its purity. Generally shopkeepers sale Jadau items by gross or total weight. Do not be confused with total or gross weight. Gross weight is deceptive.

one can enhance it up to twice or thrice without increasing gold weight. Please remember that value depends on gold weight and not on the weight of flux used to enhance gross weight. It is difficult for a layman to assume flux weight inside, therefore, ask for a guarantee. Do not also forget to ask about the purity of gold.

Get a guarantee of gold and diamond weight. See purity, size and color of diamonds yourself. You may consult an expert you trust. You can ask for a buy-back guarantee. What I believe,buy back offer between eighty to ninety percent is fair in a retail outlet.

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How to preserve Kundan Meena jewelry

Preservation of a Kundan Meena Jadau article is also very important. One may damage the piece by careless handling. Save the piece from water, dust and fire. Exposure to chemicals such as perfumes or cosmetics may be harmful. The Higher level of pollution also blackens foils below the diamonds resulting a blackish or copper color look.

These gold ornaments are normally party-wear. So wear it carefully and keep it in a safe place after coming home back. It is a good way of preserving to wrap these ornaments in a plane piece of cotton cloth. As it is a valuable jewelry you should keep in a locker, preferably in a vault.

N.B.: This write-up is for general awareness. Consult an expert you trust before buying. You can feel free to mail for any relevant information.

(This hub is published on May 5, 2008.) 

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Updates about Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry

I had been reading this article to review and update after six long years. While reading I found that almost nothing has changed during these years. I am in the trade and in contact with the manufacturers, traders, consumers, investors and even more with the artisans. I can tell you from my long experience that not much is changed in this years. The World has seen recession and recovery from an economic crisis and tremendous rise in gold and diamond price in these years. This also makes me believe that these words are evergreen.

We know that nothing is permanent in this world and there is a significant change in the market of Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry. Besides, the price hike in gold and diamonds quality diamonds become scarce. The market was flooded with diamonds from Zimbabwe few years back and then came treated and finally man made diamonds.

Diamonds of old time, that is called syndicate diamonds are rare and very expensive nowadays. Most of the diamonds used in Kundan Meena Jadau jewelry are now of an inferior quality locally called as Kilwas. Moreover, I warn you against treated and man-made diamonds.

If you have invested in this jewelry few years back, probably you are lucky and have syndicate diamonds studded in your Jadau Jewelry. The value of these has gone up! You can cheer for your previous buying.

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JYOTI KOTHARI 10 months ago from Jaipur Author

You can contact me for the same and I will inform you about genuine buyers in Kolkata.

neelam 17 months ago

If I want to sell my genuine jadau set(emerald bought from a renowned jweller brand , in Kolkata make yr 1977) with original receipt how can I do it. It is lying in bank locker. and I need money badly for my old age. If I can prove it is authentic. do u think i will get price. Or r rich people interested only in ethnic designs?

mrs sehgal 5 years ago

hi ,

I have a piece of kundan jadau pendent , I think I was not careful with it because it has gone black or copperrish as you have mentioned . how can I get it repaired .what should I do now?

kindly guide me shall be grateful.

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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Nazish,

Thanks for your comment and query. We have the goods you want. However, if you get an old one from a reliable jeweler, it is better to buy that one.

If you want to buy from us please mail me.


Jyoti Kothari

Nazish 6 years ago

Dear Mr. Kothari,

I have a beautiful kundan set and am interested in finding a kundan dust ban and anklets to match it. The work is gold, diamond and rubies. My family is originally from Lucknow, and we still have a reliable jeweler we use. He will let me know when kundan from an old family comes in the market. However, I wanted to know if you have any dust ban and/or anklets?





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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Dear Anilji,

Thanks for your comments. It is reaaly difficult for a layman to evaluate this kind of Jewelry and non-trustworthy jewelers take advantage of the same. However, This article is to make them aware of the features of this beautiful jewelry. It is true that buying from a trusted house is comparatively safe for a consumer.


Jyoti Kothari

Anil Totuka 7 years ago

Jyoti Ji,

Making of Kundan Meena is a very difficult process. We know this well because we are in the trade since long time.

Evaluating is rather more difficult because it involves integrated process.

Evaluation of Kundan Jadau is a job of experts and laymen can not do this. You have attempted to make them aware of the same. Though good attempt but I don't think that laymen can evaluate this.

Some people in this trade take advantage of ignorance of common people and try to cheat them. Buyers should go to trustworthy jewelers and this is the best way to be safe.


Anil Totuka

Anjali Kapadia 7 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

You have described the most difficult process of evaluating this kind of artistic jewelry. Thumbs up!!


Jainal Abedin 7 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

These are nice tips to buy Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry. In fact, few people know how to evaluate such jewelry. For these types of jewelry.... very difficult.

Jainal Abedin

Shantanu, Kolkata 7 years ago


Very nice tips for buying such jewelry. Thanks for great info.


DK 7 years ago

Nice tips for buying Fashion Jewelry. These are trendy, no doubt. However, evaluating process is difficult.

Mehul Gupta 7 years ago

Hi Jyoti Kothari,

We have bought some kundan Meena Jadau from a Jeweler in high price but when we tried to sale it, it was valued 40% less after five years of buying.

I will check it as per your instructions in this hub. Perhaps we have been cheated. I think that Jeweler is not trustwothy.


Rimi Agrawal 7 years ago


How much minimum gold needed in a Kundan Meena Jadau necklace? How many carats of diamonds? What is the minimum price?


Sunita Agrawal 7 years ago


I want to purchase some Kundan Meena Jadau Necklaces of latest fashion in red and blue color. I want slick designs, light weight.

Can you guide me to a trusted source in Delhi? I live in Noida.



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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author


I agree with you. Process of making Kundan, Meena, Jadau Jewelry is very complicated so the evaluation. It needs expertise to do so.

however, this hub tells you the basics and this knowledge may safeguard you from being cheated.

Jyoti Kothari

Jayanti Chakravarti 7 years ago

This is really useful hub. This will not only guiding consumers for evaluating kundan meena jadau but it can be used for evaluating other jewelleries also.

but anyway, it is not easy for us to evaluate because process is so complicated.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi sumit,

I do not agree with you. i have revealed secrets but that will only increase customer confidence. No one of trustworthy jewellers will be negatively affected with this article. Only those who try to cheat their customers will be afraid of this hub.


Jyoti Kothari

Sumit Dassani 7 years ago

dear jyotiji,

You have revealed all secrets of the trade. Now it will be difficult for the sellers to sell their kundan Meena Jadau ornaments to their customers.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Birla,

It is the primary duty of true Jewelers to be ethical and not to cheat their customers. I have tried to do my duty only as taught by my ancestors and mentor..

Jyoti Kothari

Birla K M 7 years ago


Nice tips for evaluation of the Jewelry. You have tried to inform secrets of manufacturing. Cheaters will be disgusted with this hub. Consumer awareness will be spreaded.

You have done wonderful job honestly to protect customers.

Birla K M

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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi John,

Thanks for commenting and showing interest in buying Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry. You can find it better in India.


Jyoti Kothari

John Mac 7 years ago


I am now interested in buying. can i get in UK?

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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Dear Amit,

Thanks for your interest in Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry, trendy, fashionable, classic and Royal handcrafted Jewelry from Jaipur, India.

I have tried to describe a little about these wonderful Jewelry.

Jyoti Kothari

Amit Shah 7 years ago

dear Jyoti,

I have read your hubs about Kundan Meena jadau. These are very descriptive and describe products well. Thanks for exhaustive descriptions.


Mohit dadwal 7 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

This hub will help me in buying kundan Meena ornaments. Thanks. Keep helping consumers.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Vimal,

Thanks for commenting on the hub. Yes i know some in Kolkata and other places who are trusted source for the same.

You can mail me to know about them.


Jyoti Kothari

Vimal Poddar 7 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

It is reaaly difficult to evaluate kundan meena jadau jewelry. I appreciate your effort to describe such complicated matter.

Can you suggest me some place in Kolkata as a trusted source for buying these valuable items?


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi norman,

Thanks for your comments.

Yes, in most of the European and American countries people do not buy so judiciously. They just go and buy from the stores. Indians are very good in buying commodities. They identify, evaluate, burgain and buy.

I am talking from investment point of view also.

Jyoti Kothari

Norman 7 years ago


These are good tips for buying Kundan Meena. It is not valued in this way in our country. We just go and buy as per our choice.

You are talking from investment point.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Anjali,

Be careful while buying this type of Jewelry. There is a chance of being cheated. Please Mail me for more info.

Jyoti Kothari

Anjali 7 years ago


This info will help me a lot while buying Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry. my Jewelers do not sale this kind of Jewelry. Can you tell me a trusted source?


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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur Author

That is why many of them are cheated either for quality or for price. I have attempted this hub to make aware the consumers.

Barnard olio 8 years ago

These are nice tips to buy. De facto, few people know how to evaluate jewelry.For these types of jewelry.... very difficult.

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shyamchat 8 years ago from Calcutta


Recd. your message.I have not 'linked' any hub so far... I do not know the process.Otherwise I wd have linked this hub.

thanks for linking my hub to yours.

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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur Author

Of course. These types of jewelry are manufactured only in India and its trendy in India itself and Gulf countries.

Nagao Saka 8 years ago


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Trsmd 8 years ago from India

thanks for providing nice tips...

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