HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Young Balage Porolis de Silva set sail with his father
from the island of Ceylon in 19th century.
His journey began from here!
During 19th century, Royalties made visits to B P de Silva Jewellers were impressed with the workmanship.
They purchased several valuable jewelleries and ornaments.
A POCKETFUL OF GEMS
In the late 1860’s, a young Balage Porolis de Silva set sail with his father from the island of Ceylon to the Far East with a pockeful of gems as a travelling jeweller.
After visiting the Strait settlements,
China, Japan, Australia and America, they continued their journey to Europe, thence to Egypt, India and Burma, and returning to the Strait Settlements, selected Singapore as their new centre for trade.
21 HIGH STREET
With a reputable name among the locals
and loyal customers, Mr de Silva managed to save enough to buy a shophouse along the iconic
High Street inviting the finest craftsman of Galle to join them as they opened their first "B.P de Silva Jewellers" shop.
2 decades in, B.P de Silva had become the most successful jeweller and diamond merchant in the city and his name was now synonymous with fine jewellery, acquiring a reputation for fairness and integrity.
The ascendency of B.P de Silva and his establishment on High Street was to be linked inextricably with the growth of Singapore.
As most of the gifts presented by the Municipal Commissioners to the Royals were gifts handmade from B.P de Silva’s shop.
THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CONNAUGHT
In 1890s, B.P de Silva enjoyed the patronage of the Duke of Connaught and was given the privilege of displaying the royal coat-of-arms on the façade of the shophouse.
During their visited in Singapore, the Duchess was gifted with a gold key made by B.P de Silva.
THE DUKE AND DUCHESS
OF CORNWALL & YORK
B.P de Silva was one of the selected Asian representatives of Singapore to formally welcome the Duke and Duchess.
B.P de Silva also received an additional high esteem for having created the gem studded receptacle that was presented as official gifts to the royal couple.
KING OF SIAM
After King Chulalongkorn made extensive purchases from the shophouse, on April 3rd 1907, "Mr B.P de Silva, dealer in jewellery in Singapore” was appointed
Purveyor to His Majesty the King of Siam which was a great honour to B.P de Silva.
PRINCE & PRINCESS OF TECK
Their Serene Highnesses the Prince Alexander and Princess Alice of Teck were in Singapore in 1911 when they encountered B.P de Silva.
They were so impressed by the workmanship and articles of jewellery that they found time during their short stay to visit B.P de Silva twice.
They purchased a very valuable diamond necklace and hair ornament to be worn by the Princess during the coronation of His Majesty the King of Siam.
SULTAN OF JOHORE
Sultan Ibrahim also commissioned B.P de Silva to manufacture a magnificent tiara which was personally designed and executed by Mr B.P de Silva himself.
Of diamonds alone, no fewer than two thousand one hundred of the best Brazilian stones were used in its manufacture, besides many hundred of rubies and emeralds of the first wearer and of good sixe.