Jaipur Beads

My original journey to Jaipur eight years ago was in search of these gold beads. I had purchased a couple of strands in New York in the 1978, and I had received so many compliments on them I thought I would search out more. With the price of gold being as high as it is, it turns out that they are not produced anymore. My company produces our own with gold vermeil, but the old 18kt version is scarce. I have several Indian sources for old jewelry pieces, who like me, search everywhere they go. These large beads are the only ones we have found. I strung them in my studio on a traditional adjustable black cord. The length of the beaded strand is 28". These are a collector's dream.

$10,000