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
email@example.com | cell 9841-233211
Inside Golden Temple | Elanani-16 | Lalitpur, Patan
G.P.O. Box 1587 | Kathmandu, Nepal