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Historic Indian jewels to shine at NY sale

24 April 2019

The Patalia ruby choker

Diamond and emerald brooch

Diamond and enamel aigrette


An outstanding selection of exceptional Mughal jewellery, objects and important gemstones are out to dazzle buyers at a landmark auction scheduled for June 19 in New York.

Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence will feature almost four hundred lots spanning over five hundred years of India’s illustrious culture, from the Mughal period and the age of the Maharajas through to the present day. 

Highlights of the auction are now on exhibit in London and Shanghai, marking the start of a global tour which will travel to Geneva, Hong Kong and New York.

Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence presents an unprecedented group of jewels, gemstones, and decorative objects exploring the creative dialogue between India and the West.

The selection encompasses significant Mughal jewels, including sensational sarpechs (turban ornaments), significant necklaces such as the imperial spinel necklace, and a diamond rivière necklace originally from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad comprising almost 200 carats of Golconda diamonds.  Also featured are carved Mughal emeralds, ranging in weight from approximately 10 carats to over 200 carats, one of the famed Arcot diamonds and the magnificent “Mirror of Paradise” D-colour internally flawless Golconda diamond of 52.58 carats.

François Curiel, chairman of Christie’s Europe, remarked, “This landmark collection traces the history of Mughal jewels and objects to present day and represents the most significant collection of its type ever to come to auction. The collection begins in Mughal India, the most important dynasty that ruled the country, famous for its emeralds, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, jewelled weapons and objects that are bejewelled beyond belief. From exceptional daggers worn by the elite nobles and royal families of India to important jewels inspired by Indian tradition and architecture, the auction of this notable collection presents a truly significant cultural moment and offers a milestone opportunity for collectors.”