Indians love their gold, silver and platinum. Jewellery has been an integral part of India’s culture for ages; some adorn it, others derive their livelihood from it. India is home to some of the most talented and skillful craftsmen in the whole world, which is why it’s no surprise that India is a hot spot on the world map when it comes to jewellery shopping. But where to go looking for jewellery once you’re here? We’ve got you covered.
Jaipur is the place to go to find some stunning, intricate Kundan jewellery. Kundan gained popularity during the Mughal era and is believed to be the oldest form of Jewellery in India. It comprises of beautiful gems set in highly refined gold. This jewellery is crafted by skilled craftsmen who come from a long line of jewellery makers. Today, Kundankari is famous world over for its intricacy, and its most authentic form can be found in Jaipur, so head there if you want to get your hands on this beautiful jewellery style!
Main markets in Jaipur: Nehru bazaar, Bapu bazaar, Mirza Ismail Road, Chaura Rasta, and Tripolia bazaar.
If you are looking for an aura of elegance, try picking up some Gheru pieces from Gujrat or, more specifically, Baroda. These pieces have a copper finish, with hues of red that give it the look of royalty. It is often confused with Kundan, but any craftsmen will be able to point out the difference between the two.
Main markets in Baroda: RC Dutt road, Alkapuri
When people think Hyderabad, two things come to mind; Biryani and Pearls.
If you want real pearls to add to your Jewellery collection, give Hyderabad a shot. But be sure to examine whether the pearls are real or not, and if you’re doubtful, buy only from reputed stores. It might prove to be slightly expensive but it will guarantee that you get authentic pearls.
Main markets in Hyderabad: Charminar, Basheerbagh
Kolkata is a great place to go to if you’re looking for artificial jewellery or American diamonds. A lot of pieces for big jewellery brands such as Cartier are carved in Kolkata. You can find skilled craftsmen who make stunning necklaces, earrings, rings and whatnot, if you know where to look. And the best way to achieve that is to ask a local!
Main markets in Kolkata: New Market, Bagree Market
Apart from this, if you’re looking for funky, tribal or junk jewellery at give away prices, check out Sarojini Market in Delhi, Commercial Street in Bangalore or General Bazaar in Hyderabad. Mumbai is also a great place to visit if you want heavy, artificial jewellery.
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