Difference Between Kundan and Polki

Kundan vs Polki

Indian jewellery is renowned all over the world for its grandeur and artistic designs. There are many different works or forms of jewellery in India of which Kundan and Polki seem to be timeless because of their craze among people, especially brides. There are many people who remain confused between Kundan and Polki jewellery that look very similar when one tries to look at images using Google. This article takes a closer look at these two different jewellery works to remove all confusion from the minds of Indian jewellery lovers around the world.


Kundan jewellery is perhaps the oldest form of gold jewellery made in India. Kundan jewellery reached its pinnacle during the times of Mughal Emperors and the workers who made this jewellery received royal patronage. This jewellery remains as timeless as ever, and its craze among brides has to be seen to be believed. Kundan is basically a method to set gemstones in gold jewellery. For this, the specialist inserts make use of a gold foil that is inserted in between the gems and the mount over which gems get studded. Specialists who make Kundan jewellery are called Kundan Saaz.


Polki is a type of gold jewellery that makes use of uncut diamonds. The special feature of this jewellery lies in the fact that there is gold foil at the back that has been painted to place the diamonds in between. With uncut diamond reflecting light, Polki jewellery looks irresistible for most women. With celebrities like Ashwarya Rai and Shilpa Shetty wearing Polki jewellery in recent times, the popularity of this jewellery has received a tremendous boost.

What is the difference between Kundan and Polki?

• Polki jewellery is more expensive than Kundan jewellery.

• Polki makes use of uncut diamonds whereas Kundan makes use of glass imitations.

• Polki is an option for those who want the splendor of diamonds but cannot afford pure diamond jewellery.

• While the word Polki was initially used for uncut diamonds, it gradually came to be used for Kundan jewellery, whereas Kundan started to be applied to gold jewellery made with glass imitations.