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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Helping German research scholar in Jaipur researching garnet gemstones



Borayin Larios, a research scholar from Heidelberg, Germany had arrived Jaipur, India few days back and met me. He is researching about origins of garnet in India. In fact, he is in search of some historical facts about garnet in India.
There are several pieces of antique jewelry studded with garnet are kept in European museums. Garnet studded in these jewelry look like rubies. These uncut garnets are thin like paper. Jewelry makers put thin flap of silver beneath the gemstones that enhance color and brightness of the same. 

Borayin Larios has brought some pictures of these jewelry that he showed me. Origins of few of these garnets are identified in the lab testing. However, it is unknown in most of the cases. It is assumed that those garners are from Indian sub-continent.

There are several garnet mines in Rajasthan, Orissa, Andra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and some other places in India. His topic of research is to find garnet mines in India and take samples for identification. 

Borayin Larios had come to India for religious studies several times. He has studied the Vedas in Maharashtra and south Indian provinces. He has taken an Indian Name Maitreyee and know Sanskrit and Hindi languages. 

It is first time he has been Jaipur and with a different purpose. He will study garnet and its history in India and also investigate its cultural and religious significance. He will also study contexts in
Jain canons and texts.

As I used to support foreign research scholars visiting India, I have promised him to help and support in his research.

Thanks,
Jyoti Kothari (Jyoti Kothari, Proprietor, Vardhaman Gems, Jaipur represents Centuries Old Tradition of Excellence in Gems and Jewelry. He is adviser, Vardhaman Infotech, a leading IT company in Jaipur. He is also ISO 9000 professional)

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1 comment:

Borayin M. Larios said...

Dear Jyoti,
Thank you. I found your blog-entry. I really enjoyed reading about our encounter.
I hope we will soon find out more about garnets.

Best,
Maitreya