I got to visit India!  I went to tour a silver jewelry factory in Jaipur, which is in the northern part.  That means that it’s more of a desert climate – and that there are camels everywhere!  Camels, cows, pigs, sand, sandstorms…  I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I really treated the visit more as a business trip.  I got tons of pictures of the factory, and asked a million questions, trying to learn as much as possible about production organization and methods.  I also came back with some new supplies to let my students try out.  Hopefully these things will improve production time and overall efficiency.  Also, I was there during the cricket World Cup, where India beat out Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  The entire night sky was filled with fireworks, and it was loud and chaotic and crazy.  And the food was so good!  All in all, it was a great trip.

Here are some pictures…

View from my room...

Bezel settings awaiting their stones. It's a ridiculous amount of work, but the guys made it seem easy.

This is a toggle clasp in production.

Silver rod ingot, which after the rolling-mill process, turns into silver wire. Yards and YARDS of it. I had never been around so much silver in my life, and I wanted it ALL.

This guy was just the best. He spoke some english, and was enthusiastic about teaching me. I couldn't really seem to convey that I had used a jeweler's saw before, or that I knew how to anneal metal, so I just obliged. He also made me drink alot of chai tea. But the crazy thing about this picture is that he's got those two torches on a "cotton" fiber padding. I've searched the internet high and low and can't find this product. But I want to, because it's a good oxygen-absorbing surface that allows you to heat up metal without too much oxidation dirty-ing up the surface.

They make everything look soooo easy. Hate it.

This is an amazing specimen of Larimar, which is a stone found only in the Dominican Republic. The factory buys "rough" stones, and cuts and polishes them to the specifications of the jewelry that's been ordered.

This is rough Rainbow Calsilica. I believe it is natural, but there is plenty of argument that the stone is man-made. It's mined in Mexico, but the mine isn't open to geologists, for fear of exploitation. Oh, the mystery!

This wasn't at the main factory I visited. Rather, this one-room shop is a mini foundry, where this guy casts metal into ingots for his customers. All day.

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One Response to Indiaventures

  1. Elan says:

    I stumbled upon your blog and was pleasantly surprised!!! I loved reading about your adventures in India and Thailand. I hope you will post more. Is there a button to click to follow your blog? If so, please email me!

    Thanks for the great read!

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