The ancient Hindu
epic Mahabharata has a mention about Rajasthan’s
Thar Desert. Named as Maru-Kantar meaning region
of death, the sizzling hot desert actually is
merciless with its severe and extreme climatic
conditions. However, adding to the delight of
the tourists, the southeast of the state is
bestowed with nature’s bounty. The area is known
as there is lush greenery with shimmering lakes
and craggy hills. The southeastern region of the
state is also drained by rivers like the Chambal
and Banas, tributaries of the Ganges.
Intriguingly, just like the fascinating golden
hued sand dunes of the desert glisten when the
sun is perched at its highest peak in the middle
of the day, the desert forts of Jaisalmer,
Bikaner and Jodhpur complete the magic. The
yellow stones of Jaisalmer, the namkeen from
Bikaner and the handicraft jewelry from
Jaipur are all very appealing.
Talking about the traditional jewelry from
Rajasthan, the bazaars of Jaipur actually teem
with exclusive gold, silver, metal, and beaded
ones. Precious and semi-precious gems, pearl,
and diamond-studded varieties do more than
anticipated. The local yet internationally
acclaimed jewelers offer glamorous gold jewelry
moulded into various eclectic designs with an
antique value. The range includes necklaces,
earrings, rings, pendants, brooches, waist
belts, armbands, back ornaments, shoulder
ornaments and many more. Gold, bearing the tag
of one of the oldest and the most sought after
metal in the history of mankind, the Rajasthani
golden expressions in the form of judamani
(hairclip), bodla (forehead ornament), tagdi
(waist belt), etc., look fantastic.
Incredibly beautiful and famed meenakari artwork
in gold and other precious metals is still seen
and admired. This Jaipuri enamel work is an
adventurous combination of comfortability along
with style. Looking delicate yet colorful, it
easily becomes the centre of attraction.
Amazingly, such wonderful looking assets are
moulded into handmade gold jewelry with
awe-inspiring designs and patterns that have
been sought after by mankind throughout history.
Simultaneously, pleasing all hearts and eyes,
kundan work comes equally delightful. People
from all over the world think highly of this
incorrigible symbol of wealth and power, in the
form of stones set within. Similarly done with
silver, the complete jewelry looks magnificently
regal, initially patronized by the Mughals.
Jaipur is also a great market for tourists, both
foreign and Indian for buying some scintillating
and sparkling stones hued in various colors.
Precious gems like emerald, ruby, amethyst,
sapphire, topaz, etc., come to ignite the
interest of jewelry lovers. Pearl is also termed
as a classic piece of beauty to enhance the
designs. Most favorably lavender colored
tanzanite and diamonds in other desirable
colors, apart from white, become as specimens of
perfection for various gem-cutters from Jaipur.
The city also provides loose stones in the form
of sapphire, citrine, aquamarine, including
other exquisite ones. As collectors’ choices,
these come both with natural as well as
artificial origins. However, the city jewelers
provide the best of the options to choose.
Opaque stones such as turquoise (in blue and
green variety), jade (with myriad color
varieties), lapis lazuli, agate, moonstone,
chalcedony, amber, etc., are used in Jaipur to
produce some meritorious examples of
handcrafted gemstone jewelry.
Rajasthan is known as the birthplace of Lac
Jewelry. Also known as Lacquer Jewelry, lac is
actually an insect secretion by the lac insect.
Rajasthan, and popularly Jaipur have gained a
special significance of being the favored spot
to buy such amazing handcrafted lac jewelry.
Lac, a scarlet resinous substance is used to
make delightful ornaments such as bangles,
earrings, necklaces, etc. This began as a
tribal handicraft art form, which has been
found in excavations of extinct civilizations.
Urban handmade lac products are seen as
decorated jewelry boxes, beads, pen holder,
pens, mirrors, key chains, napkin holders, etc.,
that look actually attractive.
Known as Lakh ki Chudiyan, lac bangles are a
specialty of Jaipur. They can be found
beautifully studded by glass pieces, colorful
beads or even precious stones. Handmade lac
bracelets are also purchased that spread
their shine and fame all over the world.
Dazzling pearls are placed on the surface of the
kadas or broad bracelets that look as good as
genuine precious jewelry. The colorful patterns
painted on the jewelry look very mesmerizing
plus comfortably fit wrists of all sizes.
Such pretty-looking handmade lac jewelry
can be found at 'Maniharon ka Rasta' in Jaipur.
For precious and semi-precious jewelry in gold
and silver, famous Johari Bazaar of Jaipur is to
be wandered in. Johari or jeweler is the world
famous market for Jaipuri jewelry.