It all began in 1930. Late Sri Burde Sadananda Kamath, a general merchant, in his travels to Malnad, discovered the exquisite nature of jewellery made in Udupi. Soon he began purchasing jewellery from the local craftsmen and selling them to the customers in other places. In 1935, Kamath opened "Neo Jewellery Mart", the first jewellery shop in Udupi.
A man of principles, Kamath only sold pure, quality gold to customers. The Gold Control Act of 1962 restricted jewellers from selling 22 karat gold. They were allowed to sell only 14 karat gold. Utterly dejected Kamath closed his shop.
Years later the government withdrew its restrictions. And in 1979 Sri Madhukar S. Kamath, the founder's son, started a new gold showroom 'Abharan Jewellers' in Udupi. From then on, Abharan grew into a retail chain with branches in Udupi, Shimoga, Mangalore and Karkala under the skillful management of Sri Subhas M. Kamath and Sri Mahesh M. Kamath, sons of Sri Madhukar S. Kamath, and the guiding force of their uncle Sri Dayanand Kamath. Today, Abharan has separate silver showrooms in Udupi and Mangalore. What's more, Abharan will soon start a new showroom in Kundapur.
Abharan is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified jeweller selling 'Hallmark' jewellery. In fact, Abharan was the first to introduce the Karatometer in the country. Abharan has an online purchase window enabling customers to choose and purchase jewellery through the internet. With uncompromising quality and customer satisfaction measures Abharan has won customers the world over.
Though we have various variety of jewellery, general cleaning is common for all of them.
GOLD JEWELLERY CARE
Though Gold jewellery is available in various Karats the general cleaning is common for all varieties. Following are some tips to be taken to handle the gold jewellery efficiently:
• Gold jewellery should be removed before a shower. This is because soap can cause a film to form on gold jewellery, making it appear dull and dingy.
• For home cleaning of gold jewellery, we can remove tarnish by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia followed by careful brushing with a soft bristle brush. After the brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow drying.
• There are many brands available in the market which serves to clean the gold jewellery. Soft chamois cloth is also a good option. One can retrieve complete information from the Jeweller regarding gold cleaning.
• Your Gold jewellery can be permanently damaged and discoloured especially at high temperatures. Also, care should be taken not to use gold jewellery while using chlorine bleach or while in a swimming pool or hot bath tub.
• Grease from gold jewellery can be removed by dipping the jewellery into plain rubbing alcohol. However care should be taken while cleaning gold jewellery with coloured gemstone pieces and consultation with Jeweller will be of help.
A diamond is the hardest form of carbon with incredible durability. However, a strong blow to an edge can still chip it. Hence it is advised not to wear diamond during strenous physical activities.
• Diamond is susceptible to Chlorine. Hence diamond should be kept away from bleach or other household chemicals to avoid discolouration and damage. Also it is advised not to wear diamond jewellery while entering into pool or hot bath tub.
• Diamonds should be regularly cleaned using commercial jewellery cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Use a soft brush to wipe dust or dirt from under the setting.
• Diamonds should be handled by its edges. Also it is better to avoid touching clean diamonds with fingers.
Listed below are some of the general care and cleaning rules that apply to all coloured gemstone jewellery.
• After use, the precious gemstone jewellery should be wiped thoroughly with a clean soft, slightly damp cloth. This is because the gemstone's luster will be enhanced if it is ensured that jewellery is clean before storage.
• Gemstone or Gemstone studded jewellery should be stored individually in soft pouches provided by the Jeweller.
• Exposure to salt water or harsh chemicals, such as chlorine or detergents deteriorates the quality of the jewellery. These chemicals will eventually erode the finish and polish of gemstones.
• Care should be taken to wear jewellery after application of cosmetics, hair spray, perfume, etc. Perspiration may cause jewellery to become dull.
• Also gemstone jewellery should not be subjected to sudden temperature changes.
• Extra precautions should be taken while having active lifestyle. For example, Emeralds are brittle and should be avoided when doing household chores or any other activity where the stone could be hit or damaged.
Careful precautions should be taken while using ultrasonic cleaners. Some gemstones are fragile and can be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners. One can retrieve complete information from the Jeweller regarding coloured gemstone care.
Platinum, unlike gold is more durable, and does not get easily tarnished and discoloured by chlorine and other chemicals. However, proper care will ensure the natural sheen of the metal. Following are some tips to be taken to handle the Platinum.
• Platinum jewellery can be cleaned with the conventional ways of cleaning gold jewellery. However, a professional cleaning every six months is always advisable for platinum jewellery.
• Platinum jewellery should be treated with care and stored separately. Care should be taken not to allow pieces to touch each other to avoid scratches.
• Special care should be rendered if platinum is set with diamonds or other precious stones, as these materials can be more susceptible to damage.
• Pearl Jewellery should always be used after the application of cosmetics. After usage the pearl jewellery should be wiped with soft damp cloth.
• Pearl Jewellery can also be washed with mild soap and water. Chemicals or any other solvents should be avoided as these substances can damage the pearls.
• Also care should be taken not to toss pearl jewellery carelessly into a purse, bag or jewel box.
• A pearl's surface is soft and can be scratched by hard metal edges or by harder gemstones of other jewellery pieces. Hence care must be taken to store it separately.
India is unique in its culture and traditions. The concept of 'beauty' was well entrenched in this culture. In fact, our ancient remedies for enhancement of beauty by way of herbal treatments and oils are well known and well documented. So too were the enhancements to beautify in the form of ornaments, jewellery and other accessories. From discoveries made, there is enough evidence to prove that our culture promoted beautiful jewellery and craftsmanship. These include excavated jewellery made from ivory tusks, feathers, leaves, nuts, berries, flowers, bones and even teeth of animals.
Jewellery as an art form goes back to our early ancestors. It's roughly estimated that Indian jewellery designs had its beginning nearly 5000 years ago.
At first, jewellery was made from what was found in nature and its immediate surroundings. Today, we have sophisticated processes, refining and plating techniques to transform metals and gemstones into beautiful eye-catching jewellery.
Diamond is a much adorned gemstone by most of the jewellery lovers. It is also considered as the birthstone for those born in the month of April. A cherished gemstone for couples celebrating their tenth and their sixtieth year of wedding anniversary. The original name of the diamond is derived from the Greek word called "adamas", which refers to the quality of unconquerable. This gemstone also depicts a true value for love and eternity. Various types of rings, necklaces, bands and bracelets are being designed using this precious gemstone.
Gold is considered as the first mined metal. Gold is the base metal for any type of jewellery. Most of the jewellery items made up of gold are long-lasting and easy to maintain. These days a variety of gemstones are embedded along with the various pieces of gold items to enhance its look and dignity. Without gold any function or occasion is considered incomplete. Especially in India, during weddings the bride is adorned with gold jewellery enhancing the look and beauty of the bride.
In India silver holds the second place in jewellery and ornaments. Considered holy and spiritual due to its healing and magical properties, the metal is said to be auspicious. This is the main reason that most of the Indian household prefer to have silver items in the form of jewellery pieces such as ornaments and utensils. Anklets, bracelets are the common items among silver jewellery. Born with a silver spoon is a common notion to depict the sanctity and celebrity of silver on any occasion.
The name Platinum is derived from the Spanish term platina, which literally translates into "little silver". Platinum's resistance to wear and tarnish is well suited for making fine jewellery. And its rarity as a metal is often been associated with exclusivity and wealth. This jewellery item has made a popular mode and approach in its various designs of ring forms and ring settings. Due to its brilliance and shine, the sale of platinum jewellery is expected to overmatch the sale of other jewellery items.
Similar to gold, pearl also holds a unique place in Indian jewellery. The origin of pearl is itself an interesting story. The formation of pearl is a tough job for the pearl oyster, which carries the pearl formation in its primary shell. Whenever a foreign substance enters the body of the pearl oyster, the defense mechanism helps to overlap the foreign substance by secreting nacre around the same. These layers of nacre are thereby formed into an oval shape thus giving form to the new pearl. The formation of natural pearl is a very painful task to this organism. Though pearl is naturally occurring, it can also be artificially induced as done in various pearl producing farms.