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.
Rajiv can further be reached at
or through www.amrapalijewels.com