Kundan jewelry is gorgeous. Full stop. No Indian marriage or major festival is complete without a kundan "set"- a heavy necklace with a pair of almost impossible-to-wear earrings. Too many of us have suffered through the pain of aching, angry earlobes, just to wear this show-stopper.
But times have changed. While we Indian women appreciate the artistry of our rich heritage, it just isn't practical to wear these opulent, not to mention expensive, pieces. Kundan artisans caught onto this and adapted the classic art form into more wearable, smaller designs to suit modern sensibilities. Today's designs smaller and more affordable, since they're made in silver, with a gold polish. Precious stones like diamonds, emeralds and rubies are substituted with glass and semi-precious stones.
Cultures need to adapt in order to survive, and kudos to these artisans for making kundan so wearable and easy on our purses! I love wearing my kundan earrings with jeans and a white shirt- that way, I'm in touch with my past, while being solidly rooted in the present.
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