Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bauble Head

Tucked just outside Kathmandu in the dusty, bustling streets of Patan is a hidden gem of a shop, Bajra Souvenir Emporium. Based on what you'll unearth inside, it's quite fitting this boutique rubs real estate elbows with Durbar Square's majestic Golden Temple.

Prabin Bajracharya, 34, learned the jewelry trade from his grandfather and took over the family business nearly eight years ago. Since then he's worked out of a dollhouse-sized shop creating necklaces, earrings, brooches and bracelets grand enough to impress the most discerning tastes. Prices range from $100 to $1,000—most average under $500—with standout pieces being etched silver encrusted jade bangles [$40-60] and an emerald and hand-carved amethyst filigree drop featuring Goddess Tara [$500]. After hours ogling every semi-precious stone in sight, I left with a ruby, lapis, emerald and shell pendant that I couldn't bare to part with, which seems to be a common reaction to all of their objets d'art.

Currently there isn't an online presence for this mom-and-pop business, but Prabin corresponds via email and ships worldwide. In other words, if you're willing to source a diamond in the rough, you'll be the only one in town sporting these rare Nepalese baubles.

Bajra Souvenir Emporium
bajrapasa@yahoo.com | cell 9841-233211
Inside Golden Temple | Elanani-16 | Lalitpur, Patan
G.P.O. Box 1587 | Kathmandu, Nepal


Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - these are unbelievable - I'd never want to take that pendant off.

stylewannabee said...

I think I need a jade and silver braclet.

style-for-style said...

these are amazing! love those pendents

beachbungalow8 said...

beautiful finds. And thanks for the bobble head reference : 0

Vivi said...

This pieces are beautiful - just plain and simple!! You are so lucky to be able to gain access to such neat places and things (and, of course, we are so lucky that you get to share these discoveries with us!) So very cool...