Remembering Munnu

Today on The Window, we remember Munnu Kasliwal, the legendary jeweler and member of the extended Barneys family, who passed away this weekend.

Munnu grew up in Rajasthan and belonged to the eighth generation of a prominent family of jewelers. In a country spilling over with beauty and sacrosanct sites, the Gem Palace (est. 1852), the Kasliwal-owned boutique in Jaipur, never failed to attract international attention and was a place of pilgrimage in its own right. Along with his brothers Sudhir and Sanjay, Munnu designed astonishingly elegant pieces. He counted among his clients museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Neue Galerie here in New York, as well as royals, celebrities and anyone looking for something exquisite. Though impossible to replace, Munnu’s legacy will very much live on, as his son Siddharth, a member of the ninth generation of Kasliwal jewelers, will be taking over his role in the operations of the family business.

In our interview with Munnu earlier this summer, we learned that at the core of his design philosophy was the idea that jewelry is not meant for one generation. He was devoted to an everlasting kind of beauty—and it always showed. Munnu will be missed by all of us.

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(Main image of Jal Mahal in Jaipur by Flickr user dahorsburgh)