Lot 56. An Art Deco ruby, emerald and diamond jigha. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 118,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The turban ornament set with carved rubies, circular, cushion and oval-cut rubies, rectangular-cut and pear-shaped cabochon emeralds, old-cut diamonds, gold, with brooch fitting on the reverse, 2 5/8 ins., mid-20th century.
Exhibited: Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015, p. 145, no. 88
The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 131, no. 97
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 281, no. 210
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 295, no. 204
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 311, no. 208.
Note: The open gold setting of this turban ornament is indicative of strong European influence during the early 20th century. This jigha is based on traditional elements of Indian jewelry, however, the larger carved rubies and old-cut diamond surrounds are highly European.