Where can I get tribal jewelry in Rajasthan?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 11, 2012 3:01 AM Last Post By: soulscape
Nov 1, 2012 3:53 AM
Where can I get tribal jewelry in Rajasthan?I've been to Jaipur before but unfortunately wasn't able to pick up anything from there and next year somewhere around Feb I want to plan a trip to Rajasthan and do a good tour of Jodphur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer Bikaner and Jaipur. I'm really keen on picking up ethnic tribal silver/metal jewellery and semi precious stone jewellery preferably not from big expensive stores, but from small kiosks or tribal sellers. Does anyone have experience in sourcing authentic tribal/ethnic style jewellery at fair prices? Also which city is best for buying this type of jewellery from in terms of craftmanship, design and affordable rates? I'd really appreciate and addresses or names of people. I'm only 21 and out of college so I'll be on a tight budget trying to minimize my expenses. I don't mind paying a little bit extra if I were to find unique tribal jewellery pieces and the money was going directly supporting the handicrafters.
Nov 1, 2012 8:51 PM
2The only area I can comment on with any degree of certainty is Jaisalmer. And there, it will be a warning for you.
There are many gypsy women selling "silver" as you walk into the fort, via the main gates and, near the subzi market outside the fort.
The "silver" is little more than coloured tin which is made to look real. It will very quickly tarnish and not long after, corrode. DO NOT waste your money on the jewellery from these women. Do not believe the stories they will tell you.
There is a handicraft store located near the Hotel Naryan Niwas, that offers a variety of handicrafts (jewellery; textiles; carving; etc). The prices are not too bad and the quality is generally reasonable.
As for gems, unless you know what you are looking for, I'd be suggesting that you don't even try to buy something unless you expect to buy coloured glass and pay top dollar.
Finally, be aware that Jaipur seems to have the greatest number of scam agents in Rajasthan for gems.
I would strongly recommend that you search this forum for other people who have had issues with buying gems /silver.
Nov 1, 2012 10:50 PM
3Knowing a bit about silver and having my own silversmith, I uhh errr...
Jaipur is "famous" for gems and jewewlry. And just as famous for the scams. for that and most other things as far as tourists are concerned.
Can't comment on Jaisalmer except to say that zoltan's description is pretty accurate and you'll find the same issues other places.
I'd suggest Udaipur. With a caveat or 2 You better know what you're looking at before you get there, because as sweet as udaipur is, they'll steal from you just as easily as anywhere else. But they tend to smile more. go "shopping" elsewhere to get the lay of the land.
find unique tribal jewellery pieces and the money was going directly supporting the handicrafters.
Good luck in Rajasthan. Every man for themself is the rule.
Nov 11, 2012 3:01 AM
4Thanks Zoltan I think that just going to a reliable handicraft emporium would save a lot of time and effort.
@Pirate_at_50 thanks for the advice, yeah I know I was being a bit too optimistic about that lol. Luckily I'm Indian myself and that should spare me from getting massively ripped off by the locals like they do to foreigners. If my trip works out I'll definitely post my findings here :D
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