Jewellers to India’s royalty, the Mughal emperors and noted celebrities around the world, the 162 year old empire of the magnificent Gem Palace is celebrated internationally for its bewitching bijoux. Combining history, art, tradition and expression, this flourishing brand has journeyed from being the creators of traditional jewellery to becoming the architects of contemporary heirlooms.
The newly opened 1200 sq. ft. shop-in-shop of The Gem Palace at the Le Mill store, Mumbai is one of pure indulgence. Architect and interior designer, Ashiesh Shah who is credited for the store’s interiors, says that the beautiful jewellery store brings a Rajasthani influence, which enhances the aesthetic of the place. This can be seen in the especially made drapes, flooring, and the burst of deep, rich colours. Here, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and rubies, the size of your fist, roll out of cheesecloth bags, demanding your attention, pleading to glisten on you.
During the 1970’s, the Kasliwals’, in their quest for beauty and rarity, bought back many of their own antique creations; giving their showroom a museum-like appeal. Many artefacts, in fact, are not for sale. The only jewellery firm to have a permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, they also sell precious stones to the leading jewellery houses in the world: Pomellato, Bulgari among others.
What makes The Gem Palace distinct is their preservation of old practices in workmanship, an emphasis on antique designs and faith entrusted in local artisans.
The House Of Things had the pleasure of a tête-à-tête with the ninth-generation scion of the Kasliwal family, Samir. In his quintessential Italian accent, he says he “learnt to name colours through the nine gemstones”. With 23 Indian and three overseas stores, in New York, Tokyo and Istanbul, the Gem Palace has become a global name.
Cecilia Morelli-Parikh (Le Mill co-founder), Sonam Kapoor, Samir Kasliwal
Watch Mr. Kasliwal talk about the empire and enigma that is The Gem Palace!