Emeralds have been capturing our consideration for hundreds of years; from Cleopatra, whose likeness was carved into emeralds, by the jewelled splendour of the Spanish court docket, and naturally the magnificence of Mughal rulers for whom emerald represented the color of paradise. Prized for his or her wealthy color, together with their aura of energy and privilege, they’ve adorned a few of the most well-known ladies in historical past, heiresses, filmstars, and a large number of Maharanis, like Sita Devi.
Sita married the Maharajah of Baroda, then the eighth richest man on the planet, in 1943. She turned referred to as the ‘Indian Wallis Simpson’ on account of her ardour for jewelry, assembling an impressive assortment of greater than 300 jewels, many from the Baroda treasury relationship again to Mughal instances. The couple moved with the worldwide jet-set, travelling the globe with trunks stuffed with hundreds of saris, footwear and furs, shopping for a second dwelling in Monte Carlo which Sita made her fundamental residence. In 1949 Sita commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels to create a stunning necklace (christened ‘The Hindou Necklace’ by Van Cleef & Arpels), that includes 13 Colombian tear drop emeralds, weighing over 150 carats, suspended from a platinum, pave diamond and emerald lotus leaf design, with a central lotus flower. The Maharajah was deposed in 1951, following allegations of monetary impropriety, and the couple divorced in 1956. Sita continued to reside in grand type for a couple of extra years till her wealth began to deplete and he or she was compelled to public sale off a few of her jewels in 1974, together with the Hindou Necklace. The necklace got here to public sale as soon as extra, in 2002, and was acquired by Faerber, worldwide sellers identified for shopping for and promoting a few of the world’s most excellent vintage jewelry. Maybe you caught a glimpse of it final yr, when it was on mortgage to the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition ‘Gems’, at The Nationwide Museum of Pure Historical past in Paris?
If not, then feast your eyes on a few of the most lovely emerald items simply ready to grace your personal jewelry field.