The Mughal emperors who once ruled India were great connoisseurs of gems and jewelry, and the best jewelers lived and worked in the city of Jaipur. That tradition remains strong hundreds of years later. Jaipur artisan Bavesh creates this striking necklace, inspired by Mughal jewels and drawing on his family’s own centuries-old history in the trade. The brilliant blue teardrop is faceted and finished on both sides, and outlined in a halo of 22-karat gold vermeil.
Handcrafted in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. 22-karat gold-plated sterling silver and amazonite. Necklace: 18"L with spring-ring clasp; pendant: 1 1/2"L x 1"W.
Bavesh was born and raised in Jaipur, where his family has worked with gemstones for generations. After studying business and French in college, he began designing jewelry. “It was not difficult for me, since I knew a great deal about gems and their settings. I think it was in my blood,” he says. Today he employs five artisans in his own workshop, and has exhibited his designs in Paris to great acclaim.