What you see -
Popular jewelry store,
Shrichand Nandlal Jewellers is located in Kinari Bazaar in old Delhi. The busy and narrow street makes it difficult to drive through. So the only way to get here is by walking or by hiring a rickshaw. It is easy to spot the small jewelry shop while walking down this street. The display with the beautiful kundan jewelry sets is a showstopper. What you get -
Shrichand Nandlal jewelry shop deals in kundan sets in different styles and designs. When we entered the store, the first thing we noticed was the huge old style ‘tijori’ or safe. The cream colored safe is where they keep the heavy sets while the smaller kundan and pearl sets are displayed on the shelves.
Most of the kundan jewelry designs we saw at this Delhi store came with a peacock design. From simple pendants to chokers, you will spot this in simple to elaborate designs. The light sets in meena work and gold starts at Rs. 2,000 while the heavier ones go up to Rs. 15,000 or more. Jadau sets with just a layer of gold are worth a buy and inexpensive too.
Wax filling is used inside the jewelry sets to add weight to them and real Hyderabad pearls are used for the piroi (detailed form on kundan work). You can get the piroi in other precious stones also but you may need to pay a little extra for that.
Different styles of kundan earrings, pendants and rings are also sold at this store. Apart from the kundan sets, Shrichand Nandlal Jewellers has a collection of necklaces with meena work, pearls, garnets, rubies etc. Our verdict -
The collection at Shrichand Nandlal is limited but beautiful. These are inexpensive as they are not 100% gold. Plus, they are into wholesale. These sets come with a 50 per cent resale value and you can sell them back here itself. The finishing given to the jewelry sets is amazingly good and it’s hard to differentiate between a 100 per cent gold set and this set.
The narrow and small store cannot accommodate more than five customers at a time and does not offer any parking space. So it is best to visit them during the lunch hours and use the metro service to get here.Anytime between -
11 AM -7 PM (Closed on Sundays)
By Priyanka Gupta