I would just like to share my (bad) experience of purchasing gemstone jewellery in Jaipur during our visit in November in the hope of saving others from making the same mistake..
We were taken to the Bhandari Jewellery store, which I thought was a reputable company. I puchased a semi precious multi stone bracelet set in silver at a cost of 14720Rs (approx $350.00 Australian).
I have only worn the bracelet about 3 times. When I went to put the bracelet on last week one of the stones closest to the clasp fell out. I took the bracelet to a jewellers here in Australia to repair it. I was advised that the stone fell out because the claw on the setting had broken off. They said they would have to remove at least 4 other stones beside the broken stone so that the heat when repairng the bracelet did not damage the stones and to fix the clasp which they disocvered was poorly made and not securing the bracelet. This was going to cost over $100.00 Australian and I was going to agreed to this because I really liked the bracelet.
Before starting the work I requested that they check the claws holding all the other stones. They did so and advised me that many others were also held insecurely. I was told that the bracelet could not be repaired without having to reset all the stones and rebuild every claw. They advised against it because they valued the bracelet at only $200.00 Australian and it would cost signifcantly more than that to repair. .
I was very sad that my lovely bracelet which was my souvenier of our visit to Jaipur was a "dud". I cannot repair it and I now cannot safely wear it.
I thought that I was going to a good jewellery store with good quality stones and jewellery that Jaipur is so well known for. I have emailed Bhandari Jewellers twice now and have had no reply.
Please be careful when buying jewellery and gemstones in Jaipur.