Siddharth Kasliwal: The Gem Palace has been in my family for generations. I am now the ninth generation Kasliwal to lead the family business, which makes me very proud. My father was my mentor, friend and teacher. At the age of 17, I left boarding school because my father was preparing for an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art . I spent hours with him in his studio and that is when I realized I wanted to be a jeweler. Before that moment, I wanted to be a travel writer, but following my experience at the MET I realized I wanted to be a part of his world. I never felt obligated to join the family’s dynasty—I was very proud of my legacy and felt fortunate to be born into this family and therefore felt this was where I belonged. I understand why The Gem Palace has existed for so many generations, why it was so special to my father, and why it is so special to me.