Bach­e­lors of Bling


TOUTED AS THE ‘Most El­i­gi­ble Bach­e­lors’ by the cov­eted Amer­i­can Magazine Town and Coun­try Homes, broth­ers Sid­dharth and Sa­marth Kasli­wal are sure on the ‘de­sir­able’ list of a lot of women in In­dia and abroad. Af­ter all they be­long to the blood­line of one of the most pres­ti­gious jew­eller fam­i­lies, whose cre­ations have not only been worn by Mughal em­per­ors for ages but also adorned palaces of Ma­hara­jas in Jaipur and in re­cent times, made their way to New York’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art. The Kasli­wal fam­ily’s two-cen­tury old legacy is an iconic one, which Sid­dharth and Sa­marth are car­ry­ing for­ward with much aplomb. Es­pe­cially that of their late fa­ther Munnu Kasli­wal. Thanks to their fa­ther build­ing a global em­pire with jew­ellery de­sign­ing, their de­signer col­lec­tions have been ex­hib­ited at the Som­er­set House in Lon­don, the Kennedy Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton DC and the Krem­lin in Moscow. Sid­dharth has in­her­ited the crafts­man­ship of his fa­ther and has paid ho­mage to him in his first col­lec­tion that has earned him raved re­views, both on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional plat­forms. His pieces are mod­ern and yet rem­i­nis­cent of the Mughal era. What has been the high­light of this ex­hi­bi­tion and has marked his maiden con­tri­bu­tion to the fam­ily’s legacy is a quail-egg ruby pen­dant in an emer­ald and di­a­mond en­crusted set­ting. Sa­marth, on the other hand, has been learn­ing the ropes by ob­serv­ing the kari­gars at their flag­ship store—Gem Palace— in Jaipur while su­per­vis­ing the other stores in Mum­bai and New York.

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