About Mehta Jewellers
More than a hundred years ago, the Mehtas migrated from Palanpur, Gujarat, to settle in south India. In 1910, the late Bapalal Bhaichand Mehta established Bapalal & Co in Rattan Bazaar in what was then George Town, Madras. As it grew to become a popular jewellery retail house, he invited Surendra and Harindra, his nephews and eldest brother’s sons, to join the business along with other members of his family.
Bapalal Mehta had travelled to Antwerp, Belgium, in 1932 to learn diamond cutting. It was he who taught Surendra about diamonds. In those days, the laws in India did not permit the import of cut and polished diamonds, but finished diamonds could be exported. When he travelled abroad, Surendra would himself select the rough diamonds to bring home. These would be cut and polished and exported as finished diamonds.