Polki Jewellery: Regal, Versatile and in Vogue too

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Brides adorn exuberant wedding Polki jewellery by Ra Abta Jewelpedia

No matter your trinket box is brimming with diamonds and gemstones but without a sparkling set of Polki jewellery it always feels incomplete. Its regal design, natural splendour, and rich look-and-feel never fail to steal the show. What makes it all the more desirable is, its versatility! While it beautifully adorns a traditional look, perfecting an indo-western styling also comes with it easy. No wonder, it has become the first choice of Indian brides today.

Polki earrings by Narayan Jewellers by Ketan and Jatin Chokshi
Polki earrings by Narayan Jewellers by Ketan and Jatin Chokshi

So what is Polki?

The first thing that you notice about Polki is that no two pieces are alike. This is because Polki is essentially an uncut and unpolished diamond. It is not given any physical or chemical treatment and is set in a jewellery piece in its natural form. Originally rough, Polki has a non-faceted polished surface and is usually cut to follow the original structure of the stone. Hence, each Polki is unique and that’s the beauty of this stone.

Polki bangle by RK Jewellers South Extension
Polki bangle by RK Jewellers South Extension

Origin of Polki

One of the oldest forms of uncut diamonds, Polki originated in Bikaner, India, thousands of years ago. But it was during the Mughal era when this art of designing traditional jewellery out of uncut diamonds gained prominence. With the advent of modern cutting methods in the gems and jewellery scene, the art has travelled to various parts of India and the world now.

Neckpiece crafted  in 18K gold with rubies and polki by ANMOL
Neckpiece crafted in 18K gold with Rubies and Polki by ANMOL

Different kinds of Polki settings

There are basically three types of Polki settings Jadau, Badroom, and Takkar, wherein each one requires a different skill-set as well as gives discrete end-result.

  • Polki diamonds are embedded on a silver or gold foil in the Jadau-Polki setting.
  • The Badroom Polki setting is a tulle pattern where Polkis are set in 24K gold in a jaali pattern.
  • In the Takkar Polki setting, embedded Polkis are arranged edge to edge with one another, without using any metal packing.
    Polki necklace by SLG Jewellers, New Delhi
    Polki necklace by SLG Jewellers, New Delhi

Order well in advance

If you wish to wear a Polki set on a special occasion such as a family wedding, do plan at least months before the d-day. As this hand-made jewellery craft is intricate in design and delicate to handle, it may take up to months. So wait no more.

Earrings crafted in 18k gold with polki, pink semi precious stones and pearls by Tanya Rastogi for Lala Jugal Kishore Jewellers
Earrings crafted in 18k gold with Polki, pink semi-precious stones and pearls by Tanya Rastogi for Lala Jugal Kishore Jewellers

Comes at a premium

Polki is a diamond, which is naturally expensive. On top of it, a special handmade technique to create. At times, it is further adorned with gemstones. Definitely, it has to be a little expensive affair. But try on, stand in front of the mirror, you would not agree more – it’s worth every penny.

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