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Longtime local jewelers bid Adieu

Gobind Kamnani and wife Chandni. Image on the right customers at India Jewelers (Photos by Shobana Muratee)

Gobind Kamnani and wife Chandni. Image on the right customers at India Jewelers (Photos by Shobana Muratee)

Narain Kamnani with Dr. Lalitha Raman at their store on Hillcroft.

Narain Kamnani with Dr. Lalitha Raman at their store on Hillcroft.

by Shobana Muratee
HOUSTON – India Jewelers – located in the Mahatma Gandhi District on Hillcroft – has a long history of 27 years, and people here have a special bond with the owners, the Kamnani family. After the passing of the patriarch Raj Kumar Bhagwan Kamnani, who opened the first store of Indian art in the Galleria in 1971 and later India Jewelers on Hillcroft, brothers Narain and Gobind Kamnani carried his legacy until now.
On Friday, October 6, the Kamnani family hosted their annual Diwali party at their glittering store which was also their farewell and retirement party, since they announced the closing of store earlier this year.
Commemorating 47 years of their business in the Bayou City, Gobind and Narain Kamnani are offering a storewide 40% discount on all Diamond jewelry and up to 50% off on all fine art, collectables from around the world. Raj Kumar Bhagwan Kamnani and Leela Devi Kamnani who passed away in 2016 on Diwali day, came to the US with their three sons Surender, Narain and Gobind and two daughters Dhanwanti and Mohini 1985. The boys worked at their father’s store and learnt the intricacies of the jewelry trade.
Gold and diamond jewelers get pricy around this time of the year due to the Hindu festival season. The grand sale coinciding with Dusheera and Diwali (The Festival of Lights) when it is considered auspicious for buying gold, is a great way to give back to the community that supported the business over the years.

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Surender Kamnani with wife Mamta and daughters.

Surender Kamnani with wife Mamta and daughters.

Dr. Lalitha Raman, a biophysicist and retired PW Deputy Director, City of Houston, who was at the party said she has been dedicated customer since their store opened at the Galleria. After 40 years of association she is now part of the family, she said. There were numerous others who shared the same feeling at the farewell party that evening.
With the closing of India Jewelers, a part of Hillcroft in Houston will come to an end. But Kamnanis are here to stay as a family and a new chapter will emerge as they take time off before they start their new business.
The sale screams “Everything Must Go!”, which includes the award winning original paintings, sandalwood carvings, ceramic coffee tables, retired Lladro pieces, collectible coins, and much more. “The list is endless…”


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