True Life’s Work.
Van Gelder Jewellery is a family-run business founded in 1980. The aim for perfection can be considered as a true life’s work, something that perfectly fits Van Gelder’s business and family culture.
About Van Gelder Jewellery
Van Gelder Jewellery is a family business founded in 1980 by Bernadette van Gelder – van der Ven. In 2000 Bernadette was joined by her two daughters Fleur Damman – van Gelder and Noelle Viguurs – van Gelder. The firm specializes in traditional heritage jewellery from India and has grown to one of the leading international dealers in this field today. Van Gelder Indian Jewellery has been exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht, from 1985 until 2018.
For almost 40 years Van Gelder Jewellery has been on a quest to discover, understand and collect the most extraordinary quality of traditional heritage jewellery from India. All the pieces in the Heritage Collection meet the highest standards of quality, rarity and condition. Developing and perfecting this collection, targeted at an international clientele, is a continuous process. The Van Gelder’s aim for perfection can be considered as a true life’s work, something that perfectly fits their business and family culture.
Dedication to Quality
This has resulted in a strong foundation of expertise, quality awareness, customer focus and entrepreneurial spirit. Based on the unprecedented contribution and perseverance of founder Bernadette, and successfully and carefully developed and expanded by Fleur and Noëlle, Van Gelder Jewellery has, over the years, build an impressive international network of influential relationships in India and beyond.
In 2012 Fleur and Noëlle have taken over the business and they have continuously taken their dedication to quality and originality forward. As a proud, second generation family business, new initiatives, projects and collaborations were developed.
Whilst honoring the solid foundation of their first love, traditional Indian jewellery, the beautiful, age old design and craftsmanship stirred the sisters imagination. Progressively this triggered a creative process they felt the needed to explore, which eventually led up to the ambition of expanding Van Gelder Jewellery with their own, contemporary jewellery designs. Noëlle and Fleur launched the debut of Van Gelder Jewellery Contemporary Collections in Spring of 2019!
With this expansion the Van Gelder’s are moving in a new and exciting direction, where Van Gelder Jewellery Contemporary Collections, with a regular launch of their own Limited Edition designs, can naturally exist next to Van Gelder Jewellery Heritage Collection! Van Gelder Jewellery operates from its offices -Van Gelder Galleries- in the historical centre of s’-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
During our travels, collecting extraordinary pieces of traditional Indian heritage jewelry, we learned to listen to the heart. Parallel to that thorough art historical reference and research is applied. Over the years all this added up to an experienced and trained ‘eye’ for quality. Moreover, we consider it our duty, and essential in a growing company, to always continue to develop and improve our knowledge and expertise. Therefore, in 2012 we have decided to extend our research methods with complete and factual scientific review by commissioning an independent precious metal and gemological research report. We found in Dr J.C. Zwaan of The Netherlands Gemological Laboratory Leiden, a dedicated, highly experienced and qualified partner. Today we aim that every item in our collection is accompanied by a full art historical ánd independent gemological scientific report, that uses the gemmological standards used by the Dutch Association of Gemmologists, the Gemmological Association of America and the International Colored Stones Association.Ien so doing adding up to the understanding and appreciation of each piece for both the current and future owner.