IGI Traditional Jewelry Report becomes a benchmark for genuine traditional jewellery; gives peace of mind to discerning buyers
Mumbai February 26, 2019: The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the largest global independent gem certification and appraisal institute, certifies traditional Jadau and Polki Jewellery. The IGI Traditional Jewelry Report has become a benchmark and helps discerning buyers validate real Jadau jewellery from fakes, and differentiate between original Polki creations and glass rendered designs.
Jadau jewellery is considered the epitome of traditional Indian craftsmanship. The technique of creating Jadau can be done by using uncut diamonds or glass. Jewellery created using uncut diamond is commonly referred to as Polki while the ones created using different imitation as stones are referred to as Kundan. The undersides of both kinds of jewellery are enamelled.
Pioneers in the field of jewellery certification, IGI recognized the need amongst consumers to clearly differentiate between Jadau, Polki and Kundan; and today the ‘IGI Traditional Jewelry Report’ has proved to become a major reliable factor that helps value-conscious buyers purchase their jewellery with absolute peace of mind. The certification process is also encouraged by retailers who can now sell their merchandise confidently.
Mr. Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director, IGI-India, said, “Consumer confidence in the splendour is crucial! Jadau jewellery is the true example of traditional craftsmanship fashioned for the classic Indian bride. The charm of the jewellery lies in the credibility of its creation and at IGI, we are happy to be pioneers in the traditional jewellery certification arena.”
“With advanced standards in place, IGI hopes to contribute towards the entry of Indian traditional designs on the global front. Purchasing legitimate jadau jewellery in its complete splendour is the right of every consumer and providing them with a technique to bifurcate Polki from Kundan and the likes are crucial. Being the world’s foremost name in diamond, gemstone and diamond jewellery certification, IGI considers itself responsible to provide a sense of confidence to the end consumer,” Mr. Printer added.
Over the past few years, several attempts have been made to duplicate original Polki designs in the glass without appropriate disclosure. Informed consumers from across the country have realized a potential threat in purchasing such type of jewellery. The inability to separate uncut diamonds from glass stones and the prevalence of malafide practices have often led to Jadau enthusiasts abandoning the idea of purchasing them. The lack of validation from an appropriate authority has led to this fear in the minds of consumers who wish to have uncut diamonds in their jewellery as opposed to the glass creation.
Traditional jewellery: Jadau, Polki and Kundan – Confluence of Regalia & Assurance
Mastery beyond comparison, an exceptionally well-curated piece of art and a vintage dream woven elegantly into the Indian wedding trousseau; that is the beauty of Jadau jewellery. Inspired by the rich Mughal dynasty and its cultural expanse, the jewellery is predominantly patronized and manufactured in the Northern parts of the country. The term ‘Jadau’ primarily refers to the technique used to create traditional designs while Polki and Kundan jewellery are the types of Jadau.
The factor that differentiates Polki from Kundan jewellery is that Polki jewellery uses uncut diamonds while Kundan is essentially a glass stone. Owing to the origin of the diamonds used in them, Polki jewellery is highly appreciated and valued. The style was introduced in India by the Mughals while Kundan, as the name suggests, is a traditional Rajasthani style of jewellery. In the early years, the style was surely admired and adorned by the rich and affluent royals but over a period of time, the jewellery paved the way to the visual of a quintessential Indian heritage wedding, adding fervour to the ensemble. With Bollywood revamping its positioning, the demand for Jadau has increased manifold in the past decade, carving a niche for itself.
A picturesque wedding spectacle, matured to perfection with Mughal as well as Indian contemporary designs from across the whole of Rajasthan is the invincible concept today and having uncut diamonds makes it complete.
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