About Us

Founded in 2015, Gulab Diamonds is located in Luton Bedfordshire. We are passionate about providing highest standards of customer service, extravagent Bespoke Experience, delivering exceptional quality of craftsmanship and most importantly the rarest quality of diamonds which are responsibily and ethically sourced.

 

 

Family History:

The name "Gulab Diamonds", comes from Gulab Khan who was Miss Sonia Ahmed, Great Great Grandfather, this family name began from a village called Barnali, Tehsil Kharian, District Gujrat, Punjab Province, Pakistan. Appropriately 2hr to Lahore and Islamabad. Hence the family descendent are often referred to as Gulab's and are scattered across Europe and England.

 

 

There's exist a book called " Gulab Bloodlines" in the British Library and can be purchased to trace various family members. Gulab in Punjabi language is often referred to the name of Red Rose, and in Persian language is Sweetheart.

HISTORY OF  GUJRAT

It is bounded on the northeast by Mirpur, on the northwest by the River Jhelum, which separates it from Jhelum District, on the east and southeast by the Chenab River, separating it from the districts of Gujranwala and Sialkot, and on the west by Mandi Bahauddin. District Gujrat is spread over an area of 3,192 square kilometres.

 

History

Ancient history

According to the British Imperial Gazetteer:

 

Gujrat town itself is a place of some antiquity, and the district bounds in ancient sites.The region was conquered by Chandragupta Maurya. It remained under the Mauryas for few hundred years until shortly after the death of Ashoka in 231, and about forty years later came under the sway of Demetrius the Graeco-Bactrian. The overthrow of the Bactrians by the Parthians in the latter half of the second century brought another change of rulers, and the coins of the Indo-Parthian Maues (c. 120 B. c.), who is known to local tradition as Raja Moga, have been found at Mong. At the end of the first century A. D., ie whole of the Punjab was conquered by the Yueh-chi. For several hundred years nothing is known of the history of the District, except that between 455 and 540 it must have been exposed to the ravages of the White Huns. Dr. Stein holds that the District formed part of the kingdom of Gurjara, which, according to the Rajatarangini, was invaded between 883 and 902 by Sankara Varman of Kashmir, who defeated its king Alakana.

 

However the foundation of the capital, Gujrat, according to the Ancient Geography of India:

 

Is ascribed to a king named Bachan Pal of whom nothing more is known; and its restoration is attributed to Alakhana, the Maha Raja of Gurjara, who was defeated by Sangkara Varmma between AD 883 AD 901.

 

Islamic Rule (Ghaznavid, Ghurid, Delhi, Suri and Mughal Empires)

In 997 CE, Mahmud Ghaznavi, took rule over the Ghaznavid dynasty established by his father Sebuktegin. After defeating the Hindu Shahis, he conquered their kingdom entirely which included the Punjab region of modern day Pakistan.

 

After defeating the Ghaznavids, the Ghurids succeeded them who were then replaced by the Delhi Sultanate.

 

The Mughal emperor Akbar established Gujrat as a district along with many others when he began consolidating his rule over his vast empire. Jahangir, Akbars son and successor, in his memoirs records the following information on Gujrat:

 

At the time when His Majesty Akbar went to Kashmir, a fort had been built on the bank of that river. Having brought to this fort a body of Gujars who had passed their time in the neighbourhood in thieving and highway robbery, he established them here. As it had become the abode of Gujars, he made it a separate pargana, and gave it the name of Gujrat. "

 

The settlement of the tract was completed by Akbar, who built a fort and compelled the Gujars to settle in it. The tract was then named Gujrat and formed into a separate district. Revenue records have been preserved in the families of the hereditary registrars (kanungos), and these exhibit Gujrat the capital of a district containing 2,592 villages, paying a revenue of 11.6 million. In 1605 the famous Sayyid Abdul Kasim received Gujrat as a fief from Akbar.

 

After Aurangzebs death in 1707, Mughal power declined. Nadir Shah occupied the district of Gujrat during his invasion of the Mughal Empire in 1739. Shortly afterwards in 1741, the city was captured by Punjabi Gakhar tribesmen from near the Rawalpindi area.

 

The district and Punjab as a whole was devastated even further from the invasions and raids of the Durrani Afghans (Pashtuns) between 1747 and 1772 under their newly appointed ruler Ahmad Shah Durrani who frequently crossed and recrossed the area for plunder and battling the newly emerged Sikh Misls for control of the region following the power vacuum left by the Mughals.

 

Sikh and British era

By 1765, the Sikhs had eventually won out against the Durranis for control in the area of Gujrat when the Sikh Bhangi Misl under Gujjar Singh overran the area defeating the local Punjabi Ghakhars under Muqqarab Khan. The Sikhs defeated an invasion of an Afghan force for Gujrat on 29 April 1797.

In 1798, the Bhangi leader Sahib Singh pledged allegiance to the Sukerchakia Misl of Ranjit Singh. By 1810, Ranjit Singh's armies captured the city from Bhangi forces, thereby extending the rule of the Sikh Empire to the city.

The Sikh empire declined following Ranjit Singh’s death in 1839. The British East Indian Company defeated the Sikhs between 1845-1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War reducing their power significantly. Two years later, the empire collapsed after the British EIC again decisively defeated the Sikhs at the Battle of Gujrat thus ending the Second Anglo-Sikh War. The Sikh empire was entirely annexed and incorporated into the rule of the British EIC.

 

Barnali was an old village where main Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims resided side by side. Often from Afghanistan islamic religious warrior came over to spread their faith. Over time and in particular during the Pakistan Independence in 1947, the Sikhs and Hindus left the village.The Gulab family roots stem from this village.

Sonia's Grandfather Nadir Khan settled in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s and brought over his family in 1967.

Hence Sonia's father Ashfaq Ahmed, acquired the interest, in the Diamond Business in 2000, when he visited Abu Dhabi in UAE. His inquistive mind and ability to analysis the Diamond business, took him to Belgium Antwerp, South Africa Johannesburg, Namibia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Isreal. Rapidly he understood the market thoroughly from mining, dealing , exporting, cutting and polishing, and mounting. Armed with his extensive knowledge, he decided to position himself in the sourcing rough diamond.
When Sonia was 16yr in 2015, her father took her to the World Diamond Bourse in Isreal. There she was introduced to various Diamond dealer, viewed and selected polished diamonds for her Jewellery. Hence her interest developed to a such a degree, where she became astute with commerical awareness leading to the formation of a company called "Gulab Diamonds Ltd".  Furthermore to embrace this business and provide a professional service in the future, she decided to study for a degree in Gemmology and Jewellery Studies BSc.