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Gemstone Painting
 
  History

The art of ground gemstone painting comes from the state of Rajasthan, India. The specialty of these paintings is the usage of semi precious stones which give the compositions richness and luster. It is a branch off the original Glass painting technique that was introduced to India due to the patronage given to the Chinese artists in the 18th Century by the kings of the time.
Characteristics
  • Themes often are depictions of traditional Rajasthani princesses adorning jewelry, playing Musical instruments, playing with the parrot and deer, plucking flowers, sitting in the courtyard etc.

  • A lot of attention is given in rendering the details of the jewelry, clothing, flowers, greenery, landscape etc. Precious and Semi Precious stones such as Agate, Amethyst Emerald, Garnet, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphires, Peridot, Malachite etc found in abundance in Rajasthan are finely powdered and used to bring out various color tones and shades

  • The religious compositions are generally of Gods Ganesh, Balaji, Radha Krishna, Baby Krishna, Shiva, etc. Saints Sai, Guru Nanak, Mahaveer are also favorite compositions. Generally the technique can be applied to compose any God. The God compositions are often set in tones of rich orange, yellow, rust with a glowing halo symbolizing an aura

  • Compositions set in a landscape show the sky is predominately as the background. The sky is either seen in gradients of blue depicting daylight or gradients of red, orange and rust as if set in sunset or sunrise,
Significance
  • This fully handmade product requires immensely skilled workers with abundant imagination and patience to paste the powder on the reverse of the glass sheet meticulously and methodically to highlight the various shades and tones.

  • The gemstones used in the paintings are all natural, and hence never lose their color. No artificial or dyed stones are used. The paintings have a richness, not just by virtue of the gemstone materials used but due to the sensible usage of the vibrant colors, energy the atmosphere in which the painting is showcased
 
Making of Gemstone Painting
1. Reverse of the Painting
 
  Glass painting follows a procedure that is markedly different from the process followed when painting on opaque surfaces since the painting is done as reverse compositions. Since the work is on the reverse the technique requires a good visual memory.

The paintings are first sketched on the back of glass and the colors are filled with finely ground semi precious stones. Precious and Semi Precious stones such as Agate, Amethyst Emerald, Garnet, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphires, Peridot, Malachite etc found in abundance in Rajasthan are finely powdered and used to bring out various color tones and shades. Layers of shading created by application of the gemstone powder can be seen on the reverse.
 
2. A Completed Painting
 
  The shading and tones gives a very natural feel to this ornate style of painting.
 
3. Framed painting
 
  The paintings are framed in cherry red wood tinted with a silver or gold design – enriching the painting.
 
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