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THEWA HISTORY

 

What is Thewa ?

  1. ‘Thewa’ in local Rajasthani Dialect means ‘Setting’. Setting of Gold on Glass.
  2. Thewa Art is 23 Karat Gold fused on glass at around 1000 degree Celsius.
  3. Melting Temp of Gold is 1063 and Silver is 961 degree Celsius.
  4. The Art originated approx. 400 Years back in Rajasthan.
  5. The artisans were first based in Deogarh then they migrated to Pratabgarh ( in 1818 Pratapgarh passed under British Rule) and then to Jaipur, the city of colours.
  6. The unique thing about this art is that these single families of artisans train only their sons. They don’t even train their daughter so that the art may not go out of their family. Only son to son transfer of art is done.
  7. The craft flourished, especially during Victorian times when an important western market had developed.
  8. Many of these objects set in gold were sold to British women living in or visiting the country and were taken to Europe as souvenirs. Some now find their way to the British antique market, and the work is recognized by European jewelry historians for its distinction.
  9. Still now also only few artisan families are doing this work.
  10. This is purely a handwork which involves extra ordinary patience and extraordinary skill.
  11. You can put any one of our pieces under a micros cope and instantly see that it’s been made by hand-and not just by any hand, but by the hand of an artist.” At Jewel Ace each engraved piece takes several hours, or several days, depending on the size of the item.
  12. In 2004 Government of India has issued a postal stamp of five rupees to promote this dying art.
  13.  Since 1966 Thewa artisans have been getting National Awards. They received more than 10 awards.
  14. Jewel Ace stands as prominent promoter of this 400 year old unique art.
  15. Justin Varkey, the founder and CEO   have been honored with Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Ekta Samman 2009 for Promoting and reviving this unique dying art.

Thewa  FAQ’s  

Thewa Jewellery is sold per piece only not by weight.

  • What is Thewa Jewellery?
    Thewa work is 23 K gold fused on coloured glass at very high temperature. The motif can be floral or figures. These thewa plates are ornamented with color stones, diamonds etc to form Thewa Jewellery.
  • What are the colors available in Thewa Jewelery?
    Thewa Jewellery is colourful. The glass work comes in six basic colors viz White, Red, Green, Blue, Black and Golden.
    Turquoise and pink color is also available.
  • How does it reflect so bright?
    Beneath each colored glass a reflective foil is put which makes the color brighter.
  • Will the glass break easily?
    No, it will not break easily. The first reason is that the glass has a very different property which gives it more strength. The second reason is that it is surrounded by a silver rim, which holds the glass tightly.  The third reason is that it is cased from the back so well that the chances are less.
    If the extra force is applied on to it or something hits so badly on to it then nothing can stop the breakage.
  • What type of glass is this?
    Earlier Belgium glasses were used. Now Indian made regular handmade glass is made.
  • Why it is done on 23 K Gold only?
    Soft gold is required hence 23 K is used. Since 1767 these artisans have been using 23 K.  24 k can also be used but not 22 K.
  • Is This Artificial Jewellery?
    No, this is not artificial jewellery. Our’s is a designer art jewellery. The material we use is a combination of Gold, Silver, Precious, Semiprecious Stones, Diamonds, and Enamel.
  • WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL JEWELLERY?
    ARTIFICIAL JEWELLERY (also called Costume Jewellery, fashion jewelry, junk jewelry, and fake jewelry) is jewelry manufactured as ornamentation to complement a particular fashionable costume or garment. Costume jewelry came into being in the 1930s as a cheap, disposable accessory meant to be worn with a specific outfit. It was intended to be fashionable for a short period of time, outdate itself, and then be repurchased to fit with a new outfit or new fashion style. Its main use is in fashion, as opposed to "real" (fine) jewelry which may be regarded primarily as collectibles, keepsakes, or investments. Artificial  jewelry is made of less valuable materials including base metals, glass, plastic, and synthetic stones; in place of more valuable materials such as precious metals and gems.

    Thewa & Sozo is made up of valuable material and is regarded as collectibles.
  • Is the back of the Jewellery  gold?
    There are two options:
    Silver  Gold Plated: silver casing on the back, which is 1 to 3 micron 22 ct gold plated. Hi Micron plating which is used in watches.
    Full Gold : The casing is made up of full gold of either  any one of the Karatage 14 k, 18 k or 22k depending upon the requirement.
  • Will the plating get worn out with sweating?
    The plating is 3 to 8 Micron thick depending upon the piece.
    The plating done is so strong that the Gold testing machine almost confirms the plated part as 12 ct Gold. There is a difference between plating and polish. Polish will wear out in less than a years.  The plating is actual gold deposit on to the base metal.
    Logic of Plating: A normal Indian watch is 3 micron gold plated which is worn minimum 300 days in a year. And this plating stays for more than 3 years minimum.
    As in the case of our Jewellery, it is worn on special occasions and not more than 30 times in a year hence the plating will last for years.
  • Will be this jewelry tarnish?
    Yes it might tarnish which may depend on many factors.
    Jewel Ace has taken utmost care in manufacturing each jewellery piece with the best possible technical assistance. But still if problems come then solutions are also there.
    The oxygen and sulphur compounds in the atmosphere (sulphur dioxide & hydrogen sulphide gases, organic vapours, etc) are possible sources of tarnishing. Moisture assists the tarnishing process. Tarnishing is superficial corrosion of the carat surface and is evident by a usually dark discolouration - the tarnish film.

    Possible causes include:
    1.   Perspiration (everyone's body chemistry is different, hence this is why some are more susceptible than others); for women, the time of the month can influence their body chemistry.
    2.   Perfume, hair or deodorant sprays,
    3.   Tarnishing during storage (storage boxes may contain organic sulphur compounds),
    4.   Preparation of vegetables such as onions and spices (many foodstuffs contain sulphur compounds and others are also acidic).
  • What  Precaution and Care to be taken for this Jewellery?
    1.  Store jewellery in a pouch or bag in a dry atmosphere
    2.  If stored in a box or pouch or plastic bag, ensure it is free of sulphur-containing compounds (from solvents, fabric treatments, adhesives, etc.).
    3.  Polish jewellery regularly with a soft cloth to remove any early tarnish films, perspiration and other contaminants (sprays, etc).
    4.  Clean after wear and do not put on perfume, deodorants, sprays, etc whilst wearing the jewellery.
  • Any Guarantee for the product?
    Jewel Ace Guarantees to the purchaser of this Jewellery that for 3 years from the date of purchase the company will repair or replace free of charge any part or parts or whole of the product, should the company be fully satisfied in its sole discretion, the defect/s is / are due to faulty workmanship only.
    This Guarantee shall lapse, if the product or any component is subjected to misuse, accident, improper handling, negligence or repair by any person not authorized by Jewel Ace.
  • The string is of what stones?
    The string used is mostly semi-precious stones. At times we do use other stones too.
  • What are the Terms and Conditions FOR Repair and Exchange?
    1. Retain Cash Memo to claim Guarantee or any repair.
    2. Please follow the usage/care instructions.
    3. The Product for which service is required is to be delivered at Jewel Ace premises on freight paid basis along with the invoice.
    4. This Guarantee shall lapse, if the product or any component is subjected to misuse, accident, improper handling, negligence or repair by any person not authorized by Jewel Ace.
    5. The Company's decision is final and binding in this regard.
  • What if somebody gives order?
    1. Order fulfillment time is approximately 25 to 30 Days.
    2. Freight charges as applicable shall be charged.
    3. Jewel Ace requires 50% amount at the time of placing the order, balance 50% amount before or at time of delivery.
    4. Order sets cannot be exchanged or cash refunded.
    5. No advance will be refunded if  the order is cancelled.        

 

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