CRAFTING GEMSTONES IN A UNIT BY AN ARTISAN
Jaipur occupies a special place at the international level due to its multifaceted identity. It has been the special good fortune of Jaipur that arts, crafts, architecture and fine arts con-tinued to develop here while the rest of India saw unsettled conditions. The Mughal Empire began to disintegrate in the early Eighteenth century. Large areas of India were ravaged by the Pendaris and Thugs.
MAKING A GEMSTONE ORNAMENT
The Marathas, Tipu Sultan and the Osmania rulers of Hyderabad fought each other for supremacy in the sub-continent while the Marathas plundered Agra and Delhi, Jaipur were untouched. The Jaipur state was an area of peace and settled conditions. For about a thousand years the Amer state and Jaipur, Pink City didn’t see any attackers.
MOULDING A SILVER INTO A JEWELLERY
Today Jaipur is known all over the world over as a gem centre. It is the world capital for Em-erald because eighty percent of all finished emerald work of the world originated form Jaipur. From costly Emerald to Semi-precious and artificial gems, eighty-four kinds of gems are cut and finished here.
Gem work of very high quality is done here by craftsmen who use very simple tools, work not in any factory but in barely finished rooms at home, following the family or traditional style of craftsmanship. No machines are used. Often the whole family is engaged in this work.