Jadau jewelry is one of the finest examples of highly skilled craftsmanship that was brought into India by the Mughal Empire. The tradition of Jadau craft has been in practice in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat since the 15th to 17th century. While the art form was introduced to India by Mughal rule, Indian craftsmen, specifically from Bikaner, made it popular by incorporating their indigenous skills.
Jadau is not a type of stone, but is simply a technique of using Kundan, Polki (uncut diamonds), and Meenakari (the art of enameling jewelry) in an engraved setting.
Jadau work is very delicate and needs proper maintenance to ensure its beauty stays intact. Even the smallest Jadau jewelry is so extravagantly crafted that it is definitely not meant for daily wear.
Tips for Jadau Care:
• Keep pieces in a dry environment. The best way to preserve your Jadau jewelry is to protect it from humidity (heat and moisture), as even a small amount of moisture can make it lose its luster.
• Jadau jewelry should be kept in an airtight box; wrapping it in a linen or cotton cloth. Chemicals in metal jewelry boxes can react with the Jadau stonework, causing it to lose its shine.
• Kundan jewelry should be handled by the silk thread used to fasten them, and touching the stones directly should be avoided.
• There should be minimal exposure to pollutants. Do not apply cosmetics and perfume directly on the jewelry, as this may damage it. Dust should also not be allowed to settle on the pieces.