Mumbai is the commercial centre of India's large diamond industry and a major exporter of gems. The main retail centres are Zaveri Bazaar for gold and diamonds, and nearby Pydhoni for silver. Many Indian women still put most of their wealth into jewellery so there's plenty of shiny stuff available. It ranges from simple glass bangles and classical necklaces to the kind of ornate folk art and elaborate costume jewellery that requires strong neck muscles and the poise of a princess to wear.

If you are more interested in decorative items than counting carats, there's wide selection of jewellary in the market opposite the Novalty Cinema on Grant Rd, bangles glone in the markets of Bhuleshwar and a small smattering of street vendors selling so-so jewellary along Colaba Causeway. At the other end of the scale, there's cluster of upmarket boutiques in Om Chambers at Kemp's Corner and a series of showrooms on Hughes Rd., just behind Chowpatty Beach. The stores listed below are for those who wants to spend some serious money.

Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri is one of the highest profile jewellers in the city. It's been specialising in 22ct gold since 1864 and has a wide selection of antique, reproduction and modern jewellery. Individual pieces can be custom designed as long as you have a 22ct bank account. It also has a branch at the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Ahmed Joo is an established retailer offering antique and made-to-order modern jewellery. It's located behind the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Arena is a quality showroom with stylised Indian bracelets, necklaces and earring, mostly of 22ct gold.