As the sun rises over the Amber Fort, just north of Jaipur, the red sandstone walls take on an orange glow, much like the radiant, faceted onyx at the center of these gold vermeil earrings. The openwork design is inspired by the lattice screens above the palace’s Ganesh Gate, which served as the entrance to the maharaja’s private quarters. From here, women of the royal family could watch the proceedings in the public hall.
Handcrafted in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. 22-karat gold-plated sterling silver with red-orange onyx. 7/8" diameter. x 1 1/2"L.
Bhavesh 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.