Meenakari

Beauty and glamour are the enduring qualities of jewellery. Kundan and enamelling are two outstanding forms of crafting jewellery, while kundan is used to decorate the front of an ornament, enamelling used for decorating both sides. Enamelling not only enhances the value and beauty of jewellery, but also serves a parameter to test the purity of ...

Beauty and glamour are the enduring qualities of jewellery. Kundan and enamelling are two outstanding forms of crafting jewellery, while kundan is used to decorate the front of an ornament, enamelling used for decorating both sides. Enamelling not only enhances the value and beauty of jewellery, but also serves a parameter to test the purity of precious metal.

The enamelling in medieval was generally applied in grooves. The motifs and patterns were drawn by chitera or artist and the piece was handed over to goldsmith, who completed his work leaving the grooves to be enamelled. The enameller or minakar first cleaned and burnished and then applied colours in the grooves. After applying colours in the ornament must be heated to fix the colour with the gold.

The art of minakari is practised everywhere in India, at Benares, Lucknow, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Assam, Kutch, Kolkatta and South India but among the all Jaipur stands for intricate work and perfection.!

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