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Van Gelder Jewellery: With Love, From India!

The glorious India and its vibrant culture has captured many a foreigner hearts. Some promise to come back again and some become a part of India forever. One such story is of Bernadette van Gelder- van der Van of Netherlands, who came to India in 1980 and left her heart here among the beautiful Indian culture and jewellery traditions.

With a few connections in India, Bernadette started out her journey and met some great Indian families who connected her to the right people. It was her great belief and foresightedness that Indian jewellery would be very well received in Europe, even though there was no demand at that time.

Bernadette Van Gelder at the launch of her book ‘Traditional Indian Jewellery’

It was during one of her initial trips to India, that she met the legendary Gyan Dhadda of Jaipur, who greatly helped her in building a network to find some very exotic pieces of jewellery. With just 4 pieces of jewellery, Bernadette did her first exhibition back home and it was a complete sold out. And, the rest is history…

Birds Of Paradise Collection by Van Gelder Indian Jewellery

Today, Van Gelder Indian Jewellery is a well-known dealer of finest quality antique Indian jewellery from the late 19th and 20th centuries, exhibiting globally at renowned shows like TEFAF and other private exhibitions. With Bernadette’s daughter Noelle and Fleur at the helm running the show, some ambitious expansion plans are under way and the future looks very exciting!

Fleur and Noelle- Daughters of Bernadette Van Gelder
Birds Of Paradise Collection by Van Gelder Indian Jewellery

The process from finding these magnificent pieces to actually delivering them its rightful owner is very detailed and can be only achieved if one is driven by passion. Each of the heirloom pieces are carefully hand picked after repeated trials, tested and reviewed by The Netherlands Gemological Laboratory Leiden, photographed, documented, accompanied by its very own story and wrapped in a beautiful leather box.

Van Gelder Indian Jewellery packaging
Birds Of Paradise Collection by Van Gelder Indian Jewellery

Their latest collection ‘Birds of Paradise’ offers exquisite antique jewellery from various parts of India- West Bengal, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra to name a few. Each piece is laden with its very own story and literally speaks of so much history. My favourite element of this beautiful assemblage of jewels is the way they have been photographed, bringing out the beauty of each and every piece; making them truly works of art. With Love, From India!

Birds Of Paradise Collection by Van Gelder Indian Jewellery







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    Anonymous 5 years ago

    An exquisite piece! It’s pleasing to know that Indian culture is carried to exotic countries and made even more beautiful with their passionate input. It was a pleasure reading this post and also seeing the perfectly captured beauty of the jewellery. I agree that they are photographed well to bring out their beauty. We, in India, are continuing this tradition of making traditional jewellery, also taking inspiration from the global trends and making the jewellery suitable for current trends. I would like you to check out the designs of my favourite jewellery store here in my beautiful hometown of Hyderabad, aptly called the city of pearls. Here’s the link to their instagram page that I follow to keep myself updated on what’s trending:

    With Love, From India

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