Kundan is a Sanskrit word, meaning "Purest of Pure". Kundan Jewelry – The art of Mogul-inspired techniques of setting of stone, rates amongst the more classical art and craft of India. A unique combination of the indigenous, tradition thrives in centers like Jaipur, Bikaner and Varanasi.
The Word Kundan stands for those very fine gold foils that are used for sealing in the precious stones, which are embedded in the embedded in the embellishments.
This is a champed techniques, i.e. a recess is hollowed out in the surface of gold or silver to take a mineral, such as cobalt oxide for blue, which is then fired into the depression so as to leave a thin gold line separating the segments of color. The intricate designs almost rival the jewels that they surround. In Kundun Art, gems are bedded in a surround of gold leaf rather than secured by a rim or a claw.