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Mughal Emerald Necklace

July 10, 2023
Jahangir II 1920-1948



         The Mughal Emerald necklace is notable for its combination of emeralds and diamonds, which were both highly valued gemstones during the Mughal Empire. The presence of small drill holes on the sides of the emerald suggests that it may have been attached to a cloak or turban, as was common in Mughal jewelry.


        The emerald itself serves as the centerpiece of the necklace, surrounded by round diamonds. The diamonds, totaling approximately 50 carats, enhance the overall brilliance and elegance of the piece. The use of diamonds as accents or in combination with other gemstones is a common practice in jewelry design, and in this case, it adds to the grandeur of the necklace.


     The presence of a hallmark indicating that the Mughal emerald was set into the pendant and necklace in France around the turn of the 20th century suggests that the piece underwent a later transformation. During that time, French jewelry artisans were renowned for their skill and craftsmanship. It was not uncommon for antique gemstones or jewelry to be remounted or repurposed to suit the changing styles and tastes of the era. This reworking in France indicates that the necklace underwent a reinterpretation, likely to align with the contemporary aesthetic sensibilities of the time.

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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