An Age of Opulence
The modern era came late to Nepal, and this curious historical fact has played an important role in the production of our jewelry. Sealed off from all foreign influence for centuries, the country only opened to the outside world in the early 1960’s. This permitted the traditional skills and techniques such as filigree, pierce-work and repousse, to survive free of modernizing influences.
Nepal’s aristocracy, including both the Royal Family and the Ranas who ruled as hereditary Prime Ministers, was lavish in their patronage of the arts and love of ornamentation.
Their opulent lifestyle revolved around festivals, births and marriages, and their love of pageantry was legendary. Each occasion was marked with gifts of gold, silver and precious gems, and the jewellers whom they depended on for such luxuries developed close ties to the palace and ruling elite. Silver bowls covered in repousse work were required to perform the rituals, entire sets of gold jewels encrusted with stones were essential at weddings, and every birth was marked with gifts of gold, keeping entire families of craftsmen busy through the generations.
Thus the ancient skills, forgotten in so many lands, continued to be practiced and refined. Your patronage of Himalayan Gems insures these same families that created masterpieces for royalty continue to work in their chosen field and the remarkable craftsmanship and attention to detail acquired over the centuries continues to flourish.