By Karen Kennedy
A new jewelry store opened its doors earlier this month at the corner of Main Street and Range Line Road.
Carmel Couture opened at 1 S. Range Line Rd. in the building that previously housed the Renaissance Gallery. The store features an assortment of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry made with precious and semi-precious stones, designer handbags and accessories and high quality beads for do-it-yourself jewelry makers.
The store is owned by the Garg family, husband and wife Naresh and Hansa, and their son Himan, who recently graduated from IU Bloomington. The Gargs currently own and operate a store in Greenwood called the Bead Palace, which also is the base for their nation-wide, wholesale bead distribution business. The Gargs, who hail from India, still own a gemstone-cutting and jewelry manufacturing facility there as well.
“We looked at many options, all over the country, for a store location,” Himan said. “We wanted to be in Carmel. We want to live in Carmel as well. We feel our store is a perfect fit for a downtown that focuses on art and design.”
The Gargs are passionate about charitable causes and giving back, and specifically choose designers who feel the same way.
“All of our designers are U.S.-based, and most have a business model in which they are donating a portion of their sales to charities which benefit women and children,” Himan said. “And then, on top of that, we as a family business donate 5 percent of our total profits to help directly fund impoverished children’s education initiatives in India. So buying something in our store usually helps fund two different charities.”
Carmel Couture imports gemstones, including diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets and citrine from all around the world. They also will carry Swarovski crystals. Jewelry making supplies are available for purchase and jewelry making classes will begin in July. Groups can book jewelry making parties with catered-in food and drink.
Currently Carmel Couture has two full-time employees but the Gargs plan to add more staff as business increases. They are open six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from noon to 7 p.m.