van Gelder Traditional Indian Folk Jewellery
Old traditional Indian Jewellery
Van Gelder is run by Noëlle Viguurs-van Gelder and Fleur Damman-van Gelder and has grown to one of the leading dealers in the field. With their own individual taste and business drive, combined with that familiar passion for jewellery of the highest quality Van Gelder Indian Jewellery is ready for the challenges and dynamics of the present and future time.
Ornamentation has always been well developed in India and there is a decoration for nearly each part of the body. Historians and early travellers informed us about the overwhelming use of jewellery by the rulers of India in early times.For the past 36 years Van Gelder continuously works toward a very broad collection of traditional old jewellery from India. Perfecting and documenting this collection for international clients, collectors and museums is a continues process. This documentation cannot be done without extensive and detailed knowledge of materials, techniques and the art historical knowledge of India. Last but not least it requires good taste. The taste of India, its shapes and authenticity. To further support quality and authenticity, Van Gelder chooses to have all pieces of her collection certified / lab-tested in cooperation with ‘Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory Leiden’.
As an international player in a niche market,the pieces that we are looking for are usually still privately owned by renowned Indian families. Contacting them can only be done through a traditional introduction and it is also a matter of granting us the pieces.’ Besides finding pieces in India, pieces are also found in Europe. These have come to Europe during the colonial times. As soon as these pieces are coming to market we are informed through our network. The pieces are being sold through very high-end International art & antique fairs, exclusive events or by appointment.