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Gorgeous & absolutely stunning meenakari jewellery :) meenakari work found its foot in rajasthan. raja maan singh of mewar is said to have been the patron of meenakari work. "the word, meenakari, is derived from meena, which is the feminine form of minoo in persian (heaven). meena means the azure color of heaven. this art was invented by the iranian craftsmen of sassanid era and spread by mongols to india.
the most simplest description meenakari work i found is "the process of coating grooves or engravings in ornaments with colored enamels." metals used in making meenakari jewellery is brass, copper, silver and gold. though the common varieties, junk jewellery - which we sell here- do not have silver or gold :) its uses copper. the designs appear engraves and you can feel the grooves in the design when you touch them . most common designs seen are animal figurines or images of gods and goddess and floral motifs and when you take the design on a piece by itself it will be a picture in itself. and looking at them you will be reminded of works in the palaces of jaipur. i have attached a wall pattern i saw in my visit to jaipur.
there are 2 types of meenakari work - “ek rang khula” and “panchrangi meena.” they are self descriptive :) ek rang has a solid colour and are great when you want a contrast look (and is popular bridal look apparently). the panch (5) rang in panchrangi is white, pale blue, dark blue, red and dark green usually, though nowadays artists put their twist and use more colours like light blue, yellow, green and red colors. the making goes through different hands - the designer, the goldsmith who engraves the design, the enamelist who applies the colour and the polisher, the stone-setter, and the stringer form an integral part of the important chain of craftsmen :) do check out the below links if you are interested in knowing the whole story behind this gorgeous piece of art. check out our albums and shop for more designs :) happy shopping!