Diamonds In The Rough

by Rajiv Arora

Nothing is more appealing for the bride than to be bedecked in resplendent jewellery on her wedding day. But today’s brides have moved away from strings of rocks and solitaires to diamonds ‘in the rough’. Most are shunning the cut and opting for diamonds in their natural shapes.

Polki, or uncut diamonds with a fewer facets set in jewellery, is the new fascination for young brides. Once patronised by the Mughals, this art of making kundan meena jewellery has master craftsmen engraving the designs inspired by Mughal era. Floral motifs, miniature paintings and architectural patterns of Rajput art are used on gold by hand and then filled with enamel, popularly known as meena. Diamonds, rubies and emeralds could also be used.

This Rajasthani traditional art which was widely used in the old states of Jaipur and Bikaner have now become a hugely popular with new brides.

Co-founder and designer at Amrapali – the well-known jewellery store – Rajiv Arora was spurred by an education in ancient history to create pieces inspired by Indian culture, architecture and paintings. Amrapali’s creations have been worn by Halle Berry, Beyonce and Angelina Jolie among other international celebrities.

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