Ma­hara­jas & their Jewels -By Shuchi Kalra

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Shuchi Kalra

In­dia, which was once syn­ony­mous with op­u­lence and wealth, has a great his­tory of ma­hara­jas and their love for all things ex­trav­a­gant, and jew­elry and gem­stones be­ing the ma­haraja’s and ma­ha­rani’s equal fa­vorites. Over time, In­dian kings lost their af­flu­ence and sta­tus to the for­eign rulers in the coun­try and the mag­nif­i­cent jew­elry that once adorned the roy­al­ties of In­dia now finds place in mu­se­ums around the world. One can guess the level of lav­ish­ness from the fact that the most sought af­ter in­ter­na­tional jew­elry brands like Cartier, Van Cleef & Ar­pels, Mauboussin, Chaumet, Mel­le­rio all had the In­dian ma­hara­jas as their cher­ished clients. For them, they cre­ated ex­tra­or­di­nary jewels com­bin­ing In­dian color, mo­tifs and forms with Euro­pean el­e­gance and tech­niques. Some of the most iconic jew­elry cre­ated for the In­dian ma­hara­jas in­cludes The Pa­tiala neck­lace cre­ated by Cartier, The Bar­oda set by Van Cleef & Ar­pels, The pear shaped di­a­mond neck­lace for the ma­haraja of In­dore by Chaumet, The tur­ban ai­grette and the cer­e­mo­nial neck­lace for the ma­haraja of Nawana­gar by Cartier, and these are just a cho­sen few ex­am­ples from the nu­mer­ous or­ders.

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