Cover art by Aditri Jain, IX-B

India has a great history of Maharajas and their love for extravagant Gems and Jewels spanning a legacy of 5000 years. Jewelry of India is a striking expression of the country’s aesthetic and cultural history.

One such glorious and breathtaking necklace is the Patiala Necklace created by Cartier Paris in 1928 for Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

It’s considered of total 2930 diamonds with the world’s 7th largest diamond, a 234 carat yellow “De Beers “as its centerpiece. It contained platinum, zirconia’s topazes and Burmese rubies ranging from 18 to 73 carats. This priceless antique disappeared from the royal treasury in 1948. Later a part of it was auctioned at Sotheby’s in 1982 and restored by Cartier in 1998 by replicas of original diamond pieces. It is now combined owned by the granddaughter of Bhupinder Singh of Patiala and Cartier and displayed in a museum in California.

This is just one example of the pride and magnificent jewelry that was a part of Indian cultural legacy and a grandeur that now rests in outer worlds…