One of the chief attractions of Rajasthan is its Jewellery, which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal Jewellery to enameled gold to modern diamond Jewellery.
In Rajasthan, men and women can be seen sporting necklaces, armlets, anklets, earrings and rings. Silver is more commonly worn by the rural women and is certainly more affordable for a shopper. The royal attire was particularly impressive with its `serpent’ (a kind of turban ornamentation) and a variety of necklaces, each different from the other. For dedicated collectors, gold work of the highest quality is also available.
Kundan, a form of enamel jewellery, has been a specialty of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. Kundan is the art of setting precious stones in gold. The stones are embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the champ eve (raised field) technique. The designs are mostly exquisitely entwined flowers and birds and sometimes human and animal figures. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enameling. The thewa work of Pratapgarh is highly exquisite and popular. In this technique, designs are enameled in gold on a glass base. The base used is generally green or red in color.
Colorful bangles made of lac and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. The craftsmen take great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac
Rajasthan has rich deposits or precious and semi-precious stones such as emerald, garnet, agate, amethyst, topaz and lapis lazuli. Various precious stones are given an iconography, symbolic of the Hindu gods as well as the nine planets of the Indian astrological system. Each gem is believed to the have inherent powers and some of them are worn in rings and other jewellery as lucky charms.
The skilled gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & buttons and crystal scent bottles are also available.