Van Gelder Jewellery was founded in 1980 by Bernadette van Gelder – van der Ven. From these early days onwards, the firm specialized in traditional heritage jewellery from India. Travelling all over the country, together with her beloved late husband, Bernadette was dedicated to discover, understand and collect the most extraordinary quality of traditional jewellery from India. Through intensive study and research Bernadette further expanded her knowledge of the history and decorative arts of India, understanding and appreciating the use of materials and techniques, becoming one of the leading experts in this field today.
Next to different art shows in Basel, London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong Van Gelder Jewellery exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht, from 1985 until 2018. By continuously collecting and researching the most extraordinary quality of traditional heritage jewellery from India, targeted at an international clientbase of private and institutional collectors, the company grew steadily into a household name with an undisputed reputation.
Bernadette was joined by her two daughters Fleur Damman – van Gelder (1973) and Noelle Viguurs – van Gelder (1975). A family business in the truest sense of the word, the company has grown to one of the leading international dealers in its field. The Van Gelders believe that their family values have been and still are conditional to their success.
Quality of personal relationships, a focus on the long term and the passing on of values and traditions, while embracing new perspectives brought in by new generations and realities, are some of the family values they cherish and that they consider to be fundamental to a sustainable, successful business.
Fleur and Noëlle gained a majority stake in Van Gelder Jewellery. Shortly thereafter their perspective changed drastically when Fleur was in a severe accident while handling the families horses, which resulted in permanent brain injury (TBI) that up to this day requires her to be very disciplined in the use of her energy and limit her activity or public appearances to a minimum.
Slowly adjusting to this new reality, yet confident the best is yet to come, Noëlle and Fleur take full control over Van Gelder Jewellery. As a proud second generation family business, continuously dedicated to quality and originality, new initiatives and collaborations are developed whilst honoring the solid foundation of their first love; traditional Indian heritage Jewellery.
To mark the occasion and honour founder and mother, Bernadette was granted by her daughters Marie Claire, Fleur and Noëlle with the Bernadette van Gelder Foundation. This foundation focusses on female empowerment through education by supporting several Indian grass root organisations.
At the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Van Gelder Jewellery hosted the presentation of Traditional Indian Jewellery – The Golden Smile of India & Beautiful People. This two volume publication is authored by Mrs Bernadette van Gelder. His excellency Mr Veenu Rajamony, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands received the first copy, offered by Dr. P. Rem, curator of Museum Paleis t Loo. The proceeds of the first 250 copies of this vast publication benefitted the Bernadette van Gelder Foundation. This foundation is commited to support female empowerment through education in India.
The Indian presentation of the publication of the two books Traditional Indian Jewellery – The Golden Smile of India & Beautiful People by Mrs Bernadette van Gelder took place at the Gyan Museum in Jaipur, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Rajkumari Diyakumari.
Later that year Noëlle and Fleur returned to India together again since Fleur’s changed perspective in 2007. Continuously navigating through these challenges they knew it was the right time to spread their wings and fly out to India, convinced that together they can always find a way to catch flight and aim higher!
Redefining the possible!
Redefining the possible! New generations spring from strong roots and bring new perspectives. New perspectives are the oxygen to keep a business thriving…; Inspired by their first love, traditional Indian jewellery, passion for India and driven by their extensive knowledge of materials, design and craftmanship, the company expanded with the launch of Van Gelder Jewellery Contemporary Collections.
A range of high end jewellery in limited edition, exclusively designed by both sisters, respectfully and responsibly inspired by Indian jewellery, culture and symbolism marrying the original value and meaning of the source themes with contemporary tastes and lifestyles in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres. In June the Van Gelder’s hosted an international press preview in Amsterdam, leading up to the global launch of Van Gelder Jewellery Contemporary Collections in London in September.
Van Gelder Galleries
In alignment with the Van Gelder sister’s ambition of expansion and creation Van Gelder Jewellery moves to their new launchpad, opening Van Gelder Galleries in the historical city center of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.