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Waman Hari Pethe, where quality matters

In operation since 2009 in Goa, WHP showroom recently hosted an exhibition of the latest trends in gold and diamond jewellery for the coming festive season. Inaugurated at the hands of the Mayor of the city of Panjim, Vaidehi Naik, this exhibition attracted enthusiastic customers from all over the State.

Bharati Pawaskar / The Goan ,Panjim 29 September 2012

This Chaturthi the devotees were too delighted to gift their favourite deity with modakas, durvas and jaswand flowers in yellow and white metal, thanks to Waman Hari Pethe’s showroom in Goa that offered online purchase and home delivery of these decorative items this festive season.

These items were available in plated gold too, along with pooja samagri.

“The response in Goa is always heart-warming. WHP has been experiencing this every year, ever since our first exhibition eight years ago,” admits Mahesh Pandye, the in-charge of Goa showroom.

New jewellery for the festive season with regular patterns, antique jewellery and a new collection of combination jewellery or fusion jewellery with traditional and ethnic Indian designs blended with the modern contemporary ones are available in the showroom.

22 carat gold and 23 carat gold is the speciality of WHP. Famous for its F–G colour and VVS clarity diamonds WHP is known for its quality.

“Pethes never compromise with quality. The legacy comes with responsibility,” says Aditya Pethe, partner of WHP Jewellers.

 “Waman and Ganesh, the two brothers began this business in 1909 in Mumbai. My great grandfather Waman Hari Pethi dealt with Basra pearls in those days and had no shop of his own,” Aditya recounts. “But the trust he built up with his clients allowed him to flourish and when the Basra pearls became rare, he gradually diverted to gold and silver ornaments” he added.

The caretaker of Pethe’s Goa business, Aditya, said that the showroom in Goa is laced with Goan traditional ornaments like galsari, patli, tode, goth, kaan, pisoli, bakuli haar, suranga valesar, pake, ambadyache phool etc, which many of his Goan clients purchased from their Mumbai showroom.

Although gold price has hit the roof, the craze for the yellow metal hasn’t diminished.

WHP designed low weight gold ornaments to offer an affordable price to middle class clients.

“The trend of low weight gold ornaments is picking up, as the gold prices in the last 3-4 years have just tripled,” affirms Aditya.

WHP has announced Golden Harvest Scheme for those customers who can invest monthly with them and buy an ornament at the end of 12 months.

A customer has to pay a fixed amount per month for 11 months. WHP reimburses the 12th month premium. So a customer who pays Rs 1000 per month can buy gold ornaments worth Rs 12,000 by paying only Rs 11,000.

With 10 showrooms in Mumbai and six others in India, WHP is planning to branch out in Indore soon.

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