Thewa, the art of jewellery making that involves embossing of intricately worked-out sheet gold on molten multicolored glass, was invented by Nathu Lal Sonewal in 1707. His work so impressed Raja Savant Singh of Pratapgarh that he was rewarded the title of the chief jeweller of the court. Ever since, mutual learning within the family has made it into a small cluster of craftsmen who perform this craft rather secretively.
With its fine craftsmanship, the art pulsates with life captured in fluid moments and motifs used on jewellery. These usually depict the culture, heritage and tales of romance and valour of Rajasthan.
Today the art has acquired a more unique stance than ever because the conventional style has been blended with a variety of techniques, lending a contemporary idiom to the time honored practice.