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Selection Stones and Pearls

s t o n e s a n d P e a r l s 2 2 8 / B a s e l w o r l d S e l e c t i o n In the world of jewellery and precious stones, companies that can boast a long tradition are not exactly a rarity. In the case of Royal Gems & Arts, however, ­tradition really has ancient and extremely prestigious roots. The company’s founder was the banker Choudhary Kushal Singh, who moved to Jaipur in 1727 at the ­invitation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who wanted the financier to make his home near the noble residence, the ­famous City Palace. Considered true ­masters of administration and finance, the Choudhary family had long served the ­Maharajas as treasurers and had even been tasked with minting coins on their behalf. Descendant Santi Choudhary is the owner of Royal Gems & Arts and he has kept alive the tradition of this very influential family in his sumptuous ancestral Haveli home, built in the 19th century and now a veritable icon of Rajasthan cultural and manufacturing heritage. The frescoed Royal Gems & Arts is headquartered in Jaipur, India a p a s t o f u n r i v a l l e d a l l u r e Royal Gems & Arts · 3.1 / B45 4 1 3 2

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