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Bling Beyond Belief

December 28th, 2010

As the saying goes, diamonds are a girl’s (and boy’s) best friend. And size is everything! Speaking of, how does a necklace with 2,930 diamonds, weighing almost 1,000 carats sound?

Those are the original dimensions of the famed Patiala Necklace, on display in the Maharaja exhibition. This magnificent work of art is the largest ever commission from the House of Cartier, and once adorned the neck of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

Singh remained a notorious Maharaja even after his reign from 1900 to 1938. He is credited with putting the state of Patiala on the political map with his contributions to architectural and cultural developments. Above all, he was most known for was his wealth and extravagance.

Most Maharajas indulged in the finer things in life – custom designed Rolls Royces, rare and antique dress, detailed self portraits from some of India’s most renowned artists – all the things that have made such a magnificent exhibition a reality. The Patiala Necklace is only one of many priceless gems in the Maharaja exhibition, but is certainly one worth bragging about.

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