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Jewels of the Nizams

Usha R Bala Krishnan

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ISBN 10: 8185832153 / ISBN 13: 9788185832159
Published by Dept of Culture Gov of India
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Contents: Introduction. I. The Asaf Jahs/Narendra Luther. II. The Sale. III. The jewels. IV. The catalogue: 1. Gemstones. 2. Turban ornaments. 3. Necklaces and pendants. 4. Belts and buckles. 5. Earrings. 6. Armbands. 7. Bangles and bracelets. 8. Anklets. 9. Cufflinks and buttons. 10. Watch chains. 11. Rings. 12. Toe-rings. 13. Nose-rings. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Photo credits. Index. "One of the most outstanding collections of gemstones and jewellery was acquired by the Indian Government in 1995. Sometimes worn but never shown, these jewels once belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad, reputed to be the richest men in the world. "Jewels of the Nizams is the first ever study and documentation of this collection. Once part of Nizams' state regalia and personal heritage, the ornaments date from the early 18 century to the early 20 century. Finely crafted from gold and silver and highlighted with exquisite enamelling, the jewels are set with Colombian emeralds, diamonds from the Golconda mines, Burmese rubies and spinels, and pearls from Basra and India. "Though only a fraction of the legendary wealth of the Asaf Jah dynasty, the collection is breathtaking when translated into gem weights. There are over 25,000 diamonds weighing in excess of 12,000 carats, more than 2,000 emeralds weighing over 10,000 carats, and pearls exceeding 40,000 chows. "Jewels of the Nizams documents this unique collection of jewels that give credence to legends, apocryphal tales and fading memories of a fabulously wealthy dynasty that ruled the Deccan for seven generations." 240 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 39306

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Title: Jewels of the Nizams

Publisher: Dept of Culture Gov of India

Binding: Hardbound

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