Whether it’s weddings or engagement parties, authentic polki jewellery never fails to make a statement. We round up a few brands that you can count on.
When it comes to bridal jewellery in India, no one holds back. It’s always the chunkier and decadent, the better. Polki jewellery has been a significant part of the Indian bridal canvas. Uncut diamonds impeccably set in a frame to create some of the most exquisite neckpieces, earrings, rings and cuffs; the idea has lured some of the leading Bollywood names. From Anushka Sharma to Sonam Kapoor to Priyanka Chopra, everyone has relied on the evergreen polki bridal jewellery. We round up Indian brands which, with their design interventions, are taking the tradition of polki forward.
This veteran couturier and sustainable fashion activist has given Indian brides lesson on how to experiment with hues other than red for their wedding. Case in point are her stunning turquoise and canary yellow lehengas. But her commitment to reviving heritage Indian techniques also filters down in her love for jewellery. Whether you are looking for a colourful neckpiece with emeralds, pearls and polki, minimal earrings for mehendi or statement cuffs for sangeet, Dongre’s design repository is brimming with uber chic options.
One name that resonates with traditional Indian polki is Jaipur-based heritage brand Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas. What makes them one of a kind is their experiment with different settings of polki; jadau, badroom and takkar are three settings they often employ. While Jadau refers to embedding uncut diamonds on metal, badroom is specifically done on gold, and takkar primarily pertains to arranging of uncut diamonds in a particular fashion. With Bollywood’s leading names such as Kareena Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor often opting for their pieces; their traditional chokers, chaandbalis and chain earrings serve some major bridal inspiration.
The name doesn’t warrant an introduction. If you want to indulge in some colourful bridal jewellery such as sea green, turquoise, ink blue, and even pink, Sunita Shekhawat’s modern polki jewellery pieces are for you. Just like the names of her collections (Firoza and Neelpushpa), attention to detail resonates in every piece of polki framed together to create exquisite haathphools, maang tikkas, and rings. Expect turquoise enamel meenakari paired with pearls and polkis on a base of 22k gold, shoulder dusters-cum-studs, or inter-changeable earrings-cum-pendants, the options are never-ending.
There is hardly a bride who doesn’t want to slip into a Sabyasachi couture finery. His love for details can also be seen in his jewellery pieces. Case in point being Anushka Sharma’s Sabya polki set that kickstarted an overnight trend. The good news is that his love for jewellery has led him to open a stand-alone store in Mumbai. We say, if you are on a hunt for something decadent, then this is your brand; think chokers with three-dimensional settings made in polki, Zambian emeralds, and Basra pearls or cuffs set in 24k gold studded with polkis and rubies or even magnificent kilangis (for grooms) with polki and yellow sapphires. Once you start exploring his work, you won’t be disappointed
Jaipur-based Raniwala 1881 has been committed to the craft of polki jadau since its inception. With an uncompromising commitment to their artisanal techniques, the brand is celebrated for its decadent neckpieces, chandelier earrings, cocktail rings, bewitching bangles, hathphools and cuffs; crafted in polki and a number of other gemstones. The brand recently ventured into minimal ready-to-wear jewellery and rolled out an edgy range of rings, earrings, and charms crafted in polki.