Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala, Bhupender Singh, sent a trunk full of precious stones and jewellery, including the De Beers diamond, to Cartier, with a request for creating a necklace worthy enough for a king.In 1928, this request came to fruitition.
The Patiala Necklace was created after three years of labour.
The magnificent necklace has five rows of diamond-encrusted platinum chains, the necklace originally contained 2,930 diamonds and weighed 962.25 carats. In the center, there are seven large diamonds, each between 18 carats and 73 carats, and the iconic De Beers diamond, along with two rubies weighing 29.58 carats.
The Patiala Necklace, by Cartier interprets the grandeur of the life led by the Maharaja. Unfortunately, the $25 million necklace, disappeared mysteriously in 1948.The last man to wear it was, his son, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh.
Almost half a century later, in 1998, the necklace was discovered in a small antique shop in London. All the big stones were gone, including the De Beers and the seven surrounding diamonds. Cartier tried to recreate the original, replacing the missing diamonds with cubic zirconium and synthetic rubies. It took four years for Cartier to create a replica of what was once among the most exquisite pieces of jewellery in history.
International Luxury brands have clearly had a longstanding relationship with India.
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