The Gem Palace where history lives on in the shape of precious jewellery.
The Gem Palace was established in 1852 by the erstwhile Kasliwal family
of Jaipur. Jewellers for over eight generations, the Kasliwals even have
the distinction of being court jewellers to Moghul emperors.
Situated in the heart of the royal city of Jaipur, The Gem Palace is a
must-visit for connossieurs of fine jewellery. From antique jewels from
the coffers of Maharajas to contemporary designs studded with the
precious gemstones, the shop has it all
Little wonder then, that royalty from the
world over, Hollywood and Bollywood stars, international designers and
the hoi polloi are all regular visitors to this prestigious jewellery
store. The Viceroy and Vicerine of India -Lord and Lady Mountbatten, the
Prince and Princess of Wales, members of the Rockefeller family Mick
Jagger, Jackie Onassis, and the Queen of Spain to name only a few.
The Gem Palace even create jewellery for some of the most elite
jewellery houses in Europe and America. It's jewellery is also retailed
at organisations like Barney’s - New York and Caribou Jewels - Aspen.
The Gem Palace is one of those rare organisations involved in every
field of jewellery manufacturing. Right from mining of stones to
finished fine jewellery. This makes it the ultimate expert in the
In honour of it's designs and expertise, The Metropolitan Museum of New
York has assigned a permanent window to Gem Palace to display it's
fabulous jewels - the only jewellery firm ever to get this honour at the
MET, New York.
THE GEM PALACE EXPERIENCE
A magestic 'haveli' on the busy Mirza Ismail road in Jaipur is home to
The Gem Palace. A place where travellers from across the world stop to
glimpse into history. As one enters the shop, one gets the feeling of
being transported in time to the ages of the Maharajahs at the zenith of
their wealth and power. For The Gem Palace is not just a place, it is an
experience in itself.
Rooms lined with old motifs and objects of art only highlight the era to
which the rich jewellery showcased belongs. A time when ceremony, pomp
and show were the way of life. The pieces of jewellery worn by the
rulers and their families were then a way of expressing their power.
It is this very jewellery that you will find at Gem Palace. Rare and
exquisite jewellery from 17th century Moghul empires to designs from the
1920s and 30s. Jewels designed by the former generations of the Kasliwal
family and by their stable of jewellery designers, goldsmiths, gemstone
and diamond cutters, polishers, setters exclusively for the royalties.
Jaipur is home to the famous 'minakari'
(gold, enamel work) and ' Kundan ' work. Precious stones are easily
available too. Thus Maharajas from all over India commissioned the
Kasliwal family of Gem Palace, Jaipur to make jewellery and object d'art
of gold and precious stones.
In 1947, when India became a republic
and the Maharajas were required to pay taxes, they started selling off
their precious collections. The Gem Palace, through the last 50 years
started acquiring jewellery and precious objects made by their family
through various generations for the rich and opulent Maharajas.
One such piece is a life size gold enameled parrot, inlaid with rubies
and diamond. Also in the collection is a necklace studded with large
size Golconda mine diamonds, a 32 piece gold and diamond chess set from
the early 19th century, a 18th century solid gold plate and spoon
studded with diamonds made for the Maharajas of Jaipur.
Currently, the Gem Palace is also creating contemporary designs using
traditional Indian methods.
Some of these designs have been twice exhibited at the Metropolitan
Museum, New York.
Their pieces were, until recently, on display at the Harry Oppenheimer
Diamond Museum in Israel. The pieces displayed were a part of the large
collection of diamond and precious stone jewellery offered at the Gem
Palace. Needless to say, these designs and creations have been greatly
appreciated by the diplomats and jet setters.
The Gem Palace is not just a jewellery
showroom. It is home to some of the best craftsmen in the country. Here,
loose stones and strings of faceted spinels, aquamarines, citrines,
amethysts, rubies, emeralds, smoky and lemon topaz, peridots, pink and
green tourmalines, sapphires or any other precious stone you desire -
can be custom-crafted into a unique piece.
The workshop is littered with piles of cut and polished precious stones
from the rich lands of Kenya, Madagascar and Burma. These stones are
cut, polished and drilled using traditional methods, improved by master
craftsmen over centuries. Barefoot craftsmen sit on pure white cushions
and sometimes spend days working on just one stone. Ensuring that once
it leaves their hands, it is flawless. And fit to create some
awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping jewellery pieces.
These craftsmen have mastered the craft in varied styles. From rich
Mughal Kundan style from an era long gone by to modern subtility, they
can give a piece the look you desire. Needless to say they are veterans
in the art of gold-enamelling, a style Jaipur craftsmen are renowned
Hence it is of little surprise that Gem Palace jewellery has found an
enviable place at Barneys New York and the New York Metropolitan Museum.
Our craftsmen are truly, the masters of the trade.
Boutiques in India
Main Showroom :
The Gem Palace, M. I. Road,
Jaipur, 302001 (INDIA),
Tel: +91 141 2374175, 2363061 Fax: +91 141 2373586
The Gem Palace, Rambagh Palace Hotel, Bhawani
Singh Road, Jaipur Tel: +91 (141) 2385033
The Gem Palace, Jai Mahal Palace, Jacob
Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur - 302006. Tel: +91 (141) 5103330
Jewellery also available at:
‘Tijori’, Rajvilas, Goner Road, Jaipur
Tel: +91 (141) 2680101, 2680102