Gemstone painting has its origin in Rajasthan, India. Specifically in the historical city of Jaipur.
Rajasthan. The land of color and life. Steeped in history, brimming with music and dance, architecture and art. This is a land that has inspired innumerable craftsmen, and been the object of their imagination since time immemorial. Phad paintings, Miniature painting, Pichwai Paintings, and Gemstone are some of the famous forms of painting from Rajasthan.
The Gemstone painting, as the name suggests, is made of real or semi-precious gemstones. The real stones used include emerald, ruby, blue sapphire, yellow sapphire, multi colored sapphires and pearl. These stones are ground to a fine dust, and placed and pasted on the backside of an acrylic or glass sheet pinhead point by pinhead point. No machinery is used; the work is done entirely by hand. It is then but natural that what is of utmost importance is the skill and precision of the artist. It is the imagination and aesthetic sense that guides the artists in their work, as they carefully bring the themes to life. The result is a painting aglow in the very brilliance of life itself.
The gemstones used in the paintings are all natural, and hence never lose their color. No artificial or dyed stones are used.
It is the art of painting that has captured the life of India, in its many hues and moods. And what more exquisite way to do so, than in the sparkle of a gemstone painting.