The festive Diwali season of celebratory dinners, customary card parties and dressing up is in full swing. Touted as the ‘festival of lights’, the streets in India are dotted with fairy lights, vivid lanterns, diyas and glowing candles to celebrate the new year. Firecrackers fill up the sky, promising a pretty picture to behold.
As fashionistas gear up to partake in the festivities with a cheerful spirit, do it in style. One of India’s most revered jewelry style, polki i.e. uncut diamonds, is a must-have accessory this season. Trust us when we say that your repertoire is incomplete without it. We present the ultimate low down on polki and our Mirror Jewelry, a sleeker, more affordable alternate to this luxe style.
A diamond polki necklace and earring set
What is Polki?
Polki, or uncut diamonds, is a jewelry style associated with Indian royalty. Also popularly known as Vilandi, the diamonds are extracted naturally from the earth and does not boast any embellishments or enhancements. Back in the day, polki diamonds often graced the jewelry troves of the Nizams of Hyderabad and Rajputs of Rajasthan in abundance and have since then turned into a prized bridal favorite.
A large handful of uncut diamonds
Polki Jewelry on Maharaja of Patiala
Process of Polki
Polki jewelry was born when artisans realized that by covering the bottom of the uncut stones, they were missing out on the brilliance of diamonds. In order to maximize the diamond’s sparkle when set, they did the following:
The pavilion or bottom of the uncut diamond was left unexposed for light penetration.
An open bezel made of gold is then created to hold the girdle of the diamond.
The diamond is then placed in the groove and the edges of the bezel are pressed down upon it.
The individual bezels are then soldered together in the desired design. Floral cluster designs are most popular.
This leaves the diamond open to light penetration on the top and the bottom.
To enhance the look, polki diamond sets are often topped off with the addition of other precious stones such as rubies, emeralds and South Sea pearls.
Sonam Kapoor in a fabulous polki diamond set
ISHARYA Channels the Art of Polki with Mirror Jewelry
Since our launch, we have been passionately focused on creating high quality costume jewelry that is inspired by real jewelry. While polki diamonds are a must have in every Indian bride’s jewelry collection, it does cost a pretty penny. (A statement polki necklace could cost over $75,000!). This is how ISHARYA’s Mirror Collection was born. We use high quality faceted mirror arranged in contemporary silhouettes to create sleek styles fit for today’s fashionista. Shattered Mirror and Prism Mirror are our favorite mirror collections. Any piece from these collections is not only a head turner, but also the ideal accompaniment to your Indian outfit or cocktail dress this season.
Shattered Mirror Statement Necklace by ISHARYA
Mirror Jewelry by ISHARYA
This Diwali, be the brightest star in the room with a little help from our Bollywood Glam collection. Check out Mirror Collection by ISHARYA.
Here’s wishing you a happy, safe and glamorous Diwali!