Bespoke jewellery designer Pushpita Singh tells you how to look for an authentic polki jewellery
Her love for jewellery began at a very early age and has only grown through the years. This master-beader loves playing with colour and creates exquisite, classy pieces of jewellery keeping the traditional nuances mind.
A self-taught bespoke jewellery designer, Baisa Pushpita Singh from the Royal family of Kharwa, Madhya Pradesh, beautifully combines the semi-formal, sumptuous neckpieces with precious kundan and polki to impart a royal touch. Her best work is designed in her atelier at home while she has the pieces cut and polished specially in Jaipur.
In an exclusive chat with The Luxe Cafe, she tells us how to look for authentic polki jewellery, and also shares maintenance tips for the same. Excerpts:
The Luxe Café: What kind of jewellery do you specialise in?
My pieces are of the Victorian style. I am trying to revive Polki so that not only Royal families but also others can buy and wear it. The idea is to create a masterpiece that makes a woman feel special.
Jadau and polki, which were popular among the royals, are now sought after by everyone. I try and keep elements of tradition in my designs and have my pieces cut and polished in Jaipur, though the stones and beads come from all over the world.
The USP of my brand is that I design my own jewellery, completely, and the karigars only work for me.
Currently, I am making Maratha style jewellery which is called “Thussi” with 22 – 24 kt gold ghungroos. It is in gold and polki and was originally made for western Royal families .
My personal favourite would be Thussi with Kundan and gold ghungroo. About 48 grams of pure gold goes into making 1 exquisite piece.
I have also recreated gajra style jewellery, which is similar to the Victorian style. Besides jewellery, I also design sherwani buttons embellished with precious stones – cut diamonds and polki to add a regal aura to the band gala. I have designed a series in onyx with diamond in its centre which looks ornate yet masculine.
How do you differentiate authentic Polki Jewellery from fake one?
Even a glance at real polki can differentiate it instantly from the fake ones. If someone has never handled polki, it can be a little difficult but if you have ever owned even a single piece, it is not a problem to differentiate because it is so blatant. When you buy polki, you should touch and feel its smoothness. When you feel it on top it should not have any rough edges. This ensures that you have a real polki piece in your hand.
“Jewellery pieces must be taken special care of while wearing perfume. One should never put on perfume after wearing jewellery, it should be vice versa.”
What do people prefer to wear these days?
Polki is the most popular nowadays, as it has a great shine. It goes really well with the bridal wear and other Indian wear and holds its old world charm.
Any maintenance tips?
Jewellery pieces must be taken special care of while wearing perfume. One should never put on perfume after wearing jewellery, it should be vice versa.
Jadau jewellery should never be kept in velvet boxes as they have synthetic glues and it tarnishes the jewellery, rather it should rather be kept folded in old malmal clothes.
Where do you retail your brand from?
I work from home and design exclusively for my patrons. On a public platform, its only available at Royal Fables.