Jadau Kundan Meena: Artistic Jewelry (Jewellery) sets of Mogul pattern
Kundan Meena Jadau Do Posta
Jadau-Kundan-Meena Necklace and Earrings
Two pictures above are showing a Do-posta necklace with red meena and an earring pair. This is a set. This set is studded and pearls hanging with . Fine quality emerald beads can also be seen in the necklace above meenakari. See photo at the top.
Kundan Jadau Meena: A special class of gold Jewelry
Do you like artistic jewelry? Do you like to have some exclusive jewelry in your collection and like to go with trendy and fashionable ornaments?
Kundan Jadau Meena jewelry fits perfectly in these criteria. This pattern comes exclusively from India. Kundan Jadau Meena is an art form of Jewelry. Indian jewelers have been making the pattern with colorful and attractive artistic designs since Mogul period. The art of Meenakari (Enameling) has developed and flourished in India in the Royal patronage of the Moguls between 16th and 18th century BC.
Jewelry with Meena is a special category of Indian Jewelry. Meena means enameling work. There are two types of Meena Jewelry, Meena with Kundan Jadau and Meena without Kundan Jadau. Higher end Meena Jewelry is made in gold whereas lower end products are made in silver. We will be mainly discussing Kundan Jadau Meena jewelry made of gold in this article.I am in gems and jewelry trade from the beginning of my career carrying the tradition of centuries of my family business. I have learned a lot from my ancestors, family members and my mentor Mr. Rajroop Tank, Dean of Jaipur gem dealers. I am indebted to members of Surana family in Jaipur who taught me several secrets about this kind of jewelry. My own experience in manufacturing and trading have added flavor to my knowledge in gems and jewelry industry.
Large numbers of my trainees, clients and people at large used to ask questions about this kind of jewelry that inspired me to write and share my knowledge about Kundan Meena Jadau jewelry.
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Below are the photos of:
1.Do-posta Meena necklace beautifully stringed with pearl and a tops pair matching. Look at the typical designing.
2. A Kundan Meena Ek-posta Navaratna Necklace (Chandrahar) with matched earrings. Pearls are hanging to beautify.
3.A do-posta necklace (Har) with ruby beads hanging. This is a long Har.
4.Beauty in a small do-posta pendant. The pachrangi Kundan Meena pendant is hanging with blue sapphire beads.
Jadau-Kundan-Meena Necklace and Pendent sets
Indian jewelers making Kundan Meena ornaments
Indian Jewelers enamel Gold and silver Jewelry to enhance their beauty. Jewelers produce a variety of Jewelry with enamel in different places of the world. Turkey, France, and England are main contributors in enameled jewelry besides India. Indian enameling work is entirely different from those.
Generally, enameling work is done in the backside of the ornaments In Indian Kundan Jadau and Meena Jewelry, This type is known as Ek posta meena. Sometimes, Indian Kundan Meena Jadau ornaments have enameling work on the front side too and these are called Do posta. The artisans engrave beautiful flowers, leaves, birds and animals in the gold plate and then pour enamels of different colors in the same.
Jadau-Kundan-Meena jewelry includes necklace (Patrihar, Hasli, Chandra har, Aadia etc), bangles (Kada, Kangan, bracelet, Chudi, Armlet, Hathful etc) Earring (Tops, Jhumki etc) Ring, Button, Sarpech, Crown and many other ornaments.
These handmade gold Jewelry items are a very popular form of Indian Jewelry Nowadays. Kundan Meena Jadau Jewelry in enameled gold and studded with flat diamonds (Polki) and/ or other colored gemstones is trendy and fashionable. Hanging pearl and color stone beads enhance its beauty many folds.
Traditional Indian necklace Adia and Jhumki with peacock
The next pictures:
1. This is a different kind of traditional Indian necklace namely Adia. Look at the design and it will speak everything.
2. This earring pair is called jhumki because of doom like hangings. beautifully crafted peacock can be seen in the tops portion.
Jadau Adia and Jhumki Kundan Meena
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Surana family and Kundan Jadau
Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh, founder of Jaipur was not only a brave warrior but an art lover with foresight. He was also a promoter of skills and businesses. Jaipur has flourished as a center of excellence in gems and jewelry manufacturing and trading in his able patronage. He brought Meenakari art of mogul pattern from Delhi to Jaipur. He invited Surana family, Delhi-based Jewelers to Jaipur for that purpose.
The Surana family has been contributing a lot until now to the very art of Jadau and Meenakari. They are not only the pioneers but also maintaining the dignity of this art till date. Many others have also joined the league further and contributing to the art of Kundan Jadau Meena.
Red Meena Doposta Em-Dia Necklace Set
Various manufacturing centers
The popularity of these ornaments attracted large numbers of traders and artisans in this trade. Though Jaipur is the pioneer and produces the best quality, other cities in Rajasthan have also joined in manufacturing jewelry in this pattern. Bikaner and Sardarshahar are the main places in Rajasthan for enameling work besides Jaipur. Bikaner has been producing the maximum quantity taking advantage of cheap labor. Sardarshahar produces commercial quality in huge quantity.
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is famous for Pink enamel, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh is for Kaarwani Meena Both these cities produce Kundan Jadau Jewelry following traditional Indian art. Kolkata, West Bengal is renowned for enameling in English and French style. Jadau work is typically done with Indian style only and not with French or English. This is done only in gold jewelry.
Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Ahmedabad (capital of Gujarat) produce Kundan Jadau Jewelry without Meena. Kundan is used for Jadau ornaments. Jewelers from various places in India enamel over silver and gold. Silver Meena of Kolkata and Nathadwara in Rajasthan are worth mention.
Kundan Jadau gold Necklace - Earrings with beads
Process of Kundan Meena Jadau manufacturing
Making of these Jewelries involve a highly complicated and systematic process. Initially, First of all, a designer designs the ornament. The jeweler sends the design to gharia after approval. The gharia makes the initial skeleton of the piece called Ghat. The Meenakar gets this ghat for further processing.
He enamels the same through a complicated process. He draws a design at first in the gold surface and then engraves it. He puts enamel (A special variety of colored glass) on the engraved piece. He heats the piece with a particular temperature until the enamel sticks permanently on the same. The Meenakar has to heat the piece several times for different colors. Each time he can put only one color because every color has a different melting temperature.
Jadia enters here for Jadai (studding) work in this art piece. Kundan Meena ornaments are initially made hollow with about 3 to 5 mm high walls. The Jadia pours gala (flux, a resin-like material) in the blank (hollow) spaces. He prepares Kundan heating thin flaps of pure gold. He also prepares daak from silver foils. The Jadia puts daak in the backside of flat gemstones to provide extra glitter. Sometimes the Jadia add color to daak to enhance the color of colored gemstones such as Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphires. This foiled stone is ready for studding called Jadai.
Jadai is a very special art of India. It is an entirely different method of studding gemstones than the common studding processes. The Jadia pours tiny pieces of Kundan flaps in the gaps between the walls of ghat and the gemstones being studded. He then tightens Kundan using a chisel-like tool and pressurizes it to melt and fill in the gaps. Pure gold is very soft and it can melt in high pressure.
Puwaiya (who strings) adds beads to some ornaments after studding to enhance their beauty and to give those gorgeous look. These hanging beads are called latkans. The art of binding beads with golden or silver wire is called bandhai or aanti-puwai.
The manufacturer sells this ready to wear Kundan Meena Jadau Jewellery to whole sellers, showroom owners, and retailers who sell these to consumers. Kundan Meena Jadau ornaments are trendy and evergreen in fashion. Indians and Arabians have been very much in love with Kundan Meena Jadau since centuries. Europeans and Americans have also adopted trend of wearing these ornaments since few decades.
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Your views about Kundan Meena Jadau sets
You have viewed some exclusive designs of traditional Indian Kundan Meena Jadau sets in the picture gallery and I believe that these pictures will give you some idea about this pattern of Indian jewelry in Mogul pattern.
I hope you have enjoyed these pictures and videos. Please do not forget to comment. If you want to buy Kundan Meena Jadau sets (Sets in these pictures are already sold and not readily available now) you can feel free to contact jyoti_kothari @yahoo.com. We will send you pictures of available goods.
Women and girls love these ornaments very much. Some of the Kundan Meena ornaments are made for men too. Turban, ring, sarpech, Coughlin, button, sherwani buttons are few to name.
The value of this kind of ornaments has been increased many folds in past few years. Hence, it is a good investment tool too. Interested in buying this kind of Jewelry? You can feel free to contact jyoti_kothari @yahoo.com. We will send you pictures of available goods
English meaning of Traditional names
Typically studded gold jewelry
Artisans making preform of Kundan Meena Jadau
Artisans who enamel
Artisans who stud in special style
Stringing or capitulating beads
A type of Flux used in Kundan Jadau
Daak or Dak
Silver foil used beneath gemstones before studding
Kundan Meena Jadau manufacturing centers in India
Jaipur is the main manufacturing center of Kundan Meena Jadau jewelry.
Situared in the Thar desert region, Bikaner produces maximum quantity of Jadau Kundan Meena gold jewelry.
Sardarshahar is a manufacturing center for cheap Kundan Meena Jadau ornaments.
Varanasi is famous Indian city and pilgrimage center situated on the bank of river Ganga. Famous for pink enamel.
Hyderabad, capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is renowned center for Karwani Meena.
Kolkata, capital of West Bengal is known for English and French enamel work in gold and silver
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