Polki is an uncut and unrefined diamond, used in its natural form with no amount of chemical or any other treatment. They are often maintained in their original rough version, a non-faceted polished surface and are generally cut to follow the original structure of the stone. The word ‘Polki’ stands for uncut diamonds and they are just given a basic cut and polish. Therefore no two pieces are alike, making each Polki distinct and unique. It is one of the oldest ways of cut diamonds, originating in India until western cutting techniques were born.
Dating back to about approximately 2,500 years, Polki Jewellery was first brought to the Indian subcontinent by the Mughals, and traces of their old-styled cut Polki still influence contemporary designs. It has grown as a speciality of designing traditional jewellery out of uncut diamonds. Following the Mughals, uncut diamond jewellery went on to win the patronage of the Rajputs, and eventually, royal families across the country, who each modified it to mirror their aesthetics.
Polki is a trousseau must-have. Most suited for wedding and traditional wear, the colours and forms of this jewellery make the trousseau attractive and appealing to one and all. Polki is versatile and can easily be set with any other gemstones like emeralds, rubies, pearls and sapphires to create striking pieces.
Polki is inserted in with the help of gold foil and lac. Upon placing, the stones are fused with the foil that helps them shine while reflecting light. Depending upon the design of Polki Jewellery, pearls and other precious and semi-precious stones are added to make an interesting combination of the jewellery piece.
There are three main types of Polki Jewellery which are Kilwas Polki, Syndicate Polki and Zimbabwe Polki. They are all 100% natural diamond Polkies (uncut diamonds or flat diamonds or old-cut diamonds). The trendiest versions of Polki Jewellery is, Hyderabadi Polki and Open Polki. Hyderabadi Polki is distinct from the rest because these Polkis are set in silver jewellery. Open Polki Jewellery set includes various diamonds or gemstones without an enamel back coating. Polki jewellery often features meenakari and enamel designs, but the diamonds also look great with sapphires, emeralds, and rubies.
Traditional Polki designs detailed chokers, multi-layered necklaces and classic earrings continue to enjoy women in India. There are also a few popular shapes among Polki jewellery, especially when it comes to earrings: Chandbali and Jhumki. Chandbali earrings feature a double crescent moon theme, with the crescents set within each other. Jhumki or Jhumka earrings are portrayed by their bell shape.
Meenakari, also known as Meena Kari or Mina Kari, is the art of painting or embellishing various types of metals with vibrant motifs of birds, flowers, and leaves.
Polki Rings are one of the finest looking finger rings which look like gold earrings. There is a wide variety of Polki rings in size small, medium and large. All the rings are gold plated with stone, pearl and Kundan on them to give it shine.
Polki Anklet is a beautiful part of jewellery that is worn around the Ankle area. Polki Anklet is also known as Polki Payal or Polki Pazeb. They are beautified with shining stones in red, green and white colour.
Polki Bracelet is a beautifully crafted hand bracelet that comes in various sizes and is normally worn at a wedding or as bridal wear. For bridal wear, we would recommend these bracelets with attached finger ring.
Polki Mang tikka is head jewellery made in Polki which you place in the center of the forehead with a chain that is tied to the hair.