Best Mumbai jewelers: 1 day itinerary
Attack the top five Mumbai jewelers in Colaba -- all in one day -- armed with this page.
If by sunset you don't come back with a fistful of handcrafted bangles, cocktail rings and chandelier earrings, it's cause for shock.
Stop 1: Fun at Curio Cottage
Designs are cute and prices reasonable, you can start having some fun here.
Curio Cottage has these wooden bangles dotted with semi-precious stones that are quite unique.
But even better, they do customized jewelry -- choose your beads and string it your way. And be sure to ask the charming owner Anand, for a private viewing.
19 Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, Colaba, near Regal Cinema; tel +91 (0) 22 2202 2607
Stop 2: History at Gazdar
This old boutique is in Taj Hotel’s heritage wing and makes it worth a visit on account of the location.
But then -- when you look at all the royal jewelry styles dating back centuries, from their Jadau (inlaid) vintage uncut stones and elegant art deco pieces to South Sea pearls -- it becomes quite an another experience.
Make sure of this -- Gazdar's cufflinks for men, that's what you should buy.
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba; tel +91 (0) 22 2202 3666
Stop 3: Now shop at D. Popli and Sons
D. Popli and Sons is a favorite Mumbai jeweler.
Their Victorian-styles are popular, they sometimes have interesting objets d’art and serious customers are treated to the best espresso in town.
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Readymoney Building, Battery Street, Apollo Bunder, behind Regal Cinema, next to Gordon House hotel; tel +91 (0) 22 2202 1694
Stop 4: Holy grail at Gem Palace
Everything you could want in Indian jewelry, from North to South, traditional Rajasthani artisanal pieces to contemporary settings are within this tiny space.
Gem Palace has decked out royalty from around the world and some pieces can even be found in Barneys, New York.
The Courtyard, S.P. Center, 41/44 Minoo Desai Marg, Colaba, next to Radio Club; tel +91 (0) 22 6638 5484
Stop 5: Cool down at Silver House
Here is a budget-friendly Mumbai jeweler in a Colaba bazaar, where you can go gift shopping for silver earrings or bangles and other trinkets.
Cheap and chic mostly, but complemented by their elaborate South Indian jewelry collection.
Silver House is a well-kept secret when it comes to Mumbai jewelers and a very satisfying way to end your bling’d out day gem-digging downtown.
Shop 2, Colaba Market, Colaba, next to Strand Cinema, tel +91 (0) 22 6638 5480