Rajasthan is known worldwide for traditional jewelry, and Jaipur’s famous bazaar has turned into a global hotspot for designers and treasure hunters alike. Tourists and locals traverse the bazaar carrying shiny gemstones, precious metals, and colorful beads, looking for the perfect style that combines Mughal, British and Muslim cultures. Here, handmade bijoux have a unique charm: jewelry creation is an art, and Jaipur houses the largest gem and silver market in the whole of India.
It was only three centuries ago that Prince Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II started the precious stone industry in the city with a handful of local artisans, and today Jaipur stands proud as the home of handcrafted jewelry. One of the reasons why its fame went global is that each piece is prepared by experts who personally supervise design and production, taking into consideration specific customer requests and giving their products unmatched attention to detail. Traditionally bijoux from this region are unpolished: they may look more dark and intense than others, but are still extremely precise thanks to the craftsmen’s’ impeccable skills.
Customized items are particularly in vogue at the moment, and handcrafted jewelry is an attractive option to influence the style, material, design, and appeal of a piece that one will forever hold dear. Princesse Décadente works closely with Indian artisans to provide customers with the most authentic and genuine jewelry around. Certain stones are associated with astrology and religion, practices that are heavily observed in India.
Two of the most popular gemstones are Lapis Lazuli and Moonstone, each of which is believed to have its own unique properties and meanings. Lapis Lazuli has been one of the most sought after stones since the beginning of mankind: according to historians, even the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun was richly inlaid with this blue gemstone. Some say that it is the stone of truth as it encourages honesty of spirit, inner calmness, and loving communication. Moonstone is a member of the feldspar gemstone group and is known for its glow and iridescent beauty. The amazing stone is sacred in India as it bears a special significance for lovers and as a traditional wedding gift; whether used to craft gorgeous jewels or given loosely in a silk pouch, Moonstone is always striking. Traditionally it is thought to be useful in treating insomnia, triggering enchanting dreams, and balancing natural energies.
It’s time to take a trip to Jaipur, where the magic happens!