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A turban clip worn by the Maharajah of Nawanagar, circa 1907 and remodelled in 1935 © Laziz Hamani/ Courtesy Assouline

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Detail of The Nizam of Hyderabad Ceremonial Sword with diamonds, rubies and emeralds © Laziz Hamani/ Courtesy Assouline

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Cartier carved emerald and diamonds brooch, circa 1925 – Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Necklace, India, 1850-1900, with seven foiled emeralds in closed gold settings, separated by diamond clusters in closed silver settings. The cord ends are wrapped with fine natural pearls. © Laziz Hamani/ Courtesy Assouline

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Turban ornament, India, c. 1920; modified c. 1925-35, of platinum, set with a 109.5-carat cushion-shaped Sri Lankan sapphire and diamonds
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Belt brooch, by Cartier, Paris, 1922, of platinum, set with diamonds emeralds and sapphires © Laziz Hamani/ Courtesy Assouline

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Left – Maharana Amar Sing II of Mewar, c. 1700; Right – Pendant, Rajasthan (?) or Deccan, c. 1750, of gold, on a lac core, kundan-set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, and hung with six pendant pearls. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Left – Jabot or cliquet brooch, by JAR, Paris, 2013, of silver and gold, with three elongated polished emeralds, and diamonds, pearls and rubies; Right – Maharaja Sher Singh by August Theodor Schoefft, c. 1850. The ruler wears the Koh-i-Noor diamond in a bazuband on his right arm. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace, India, 1850-75, of gold, with seven large foiled triangular diamonds, each framed in an openwork panel of kundan-set diamond leaves. At front centre is a triangular diamond pendant surrounded by twelve diamond leaves, mounted on the inner edge with a melon-cut emerald bead. The edges are enamelled. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Left – Earrings, by Bhagat, Mumbai, 2012, of platinum, set with diamonds and natural pearls; Right – Maharani Indira Devi of Cooch Behar, by Philip de Laszlo, c. 1920s. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Detail of Sash, Delhi (?), c. 1900, of silk, embroidered with gold thread and mounted with kundan-set emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Guests at the Golden Jubilee of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, 1927. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Left – Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar III of Indore, 1911; Right – Turban ornament, India, 1875-1900, of gold, set with diamonds and cabochon rubies, and hung with pendant taweez diamonds and two inscribed spinels. Photo courtesy of Assouline

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Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels presents a journey through the history of Indian jeweled objects.
This book will awaken a new understanding of the diverse tradition of Indian jewelry through pieces that span more than four hundred years. Assembled with a passion for gems and a love of Indian craftsmanship, each item sheds light on the evolution of style and technique in court jewelry from the peak of the Mughal imperial patronage, the rich commissions of Maharajas under the British Raj, the celebrated Indian commissions of Cartier, to the inventive creations of the 21st century.
Key pieces include a carved jade dagger hilt owned by Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal; a group of engraved imperial Mughal spinels; a collection of enameled objects from Hyderabad, the Arcot II diamond and Taj Mahal emerald; a choker made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, as well as stunning contemporary creations by JAR and Bhagat using historic Indian stones. - See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614281290.html#sthash.0Wrecr8d.dpuf

ISBN: 9781614281290
11 x 14 in – 28 x 35 cm
416 pages | 250 illustrations
Hardcover in a luxury slipcase