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Go feast your eyes on Nizam’s jewels in city

All Delhiites who missed the rare Jacob Diamond when the Nizam’s Jewellery was on display at the National Museum six years ago, have another chance now, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

delhi Updated: Sep 27, 2007 01:49 IST
Satyen Mohapatra

All Delhiites who missed the rare Jacob Diamond (double the size of Kohinoor and estimated to be worth Rs 400 crore in the international market), when the Nizam’s Jewellery was on display at the National Museum six years ago, have another chance now.

The sparkling Jacob Diamond is going to take the pride of place at an exhibition of 173 pieces of the Nizam’s jewellery — the largest and richest collection of jewels in India — inaugurated at the National Museum by Union Culture and Tourism Minister Ambika Soni on Wednesday. An exhibition of these jewels at the National Museum in 2001 was a first after their acquisition by the government.

The 184.75-carat Jacob Diamond, known earlier as the Imperial Diamond, is prized for its flawless colour, brilliant cutting, clarity and colour. Bought by a syndicate in Amsterdam and subsequently sold to the Sixth Nizam, Mahboob Ali Pasha, in 1891 by a mysterious dealer, Alexander Malcon Jacob, Jacob Diamond was found in an African mine.

It was only several years after the death of his father that the last Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, found Jacob Diamond by chance, in the toe of his father’s slipper in Chowmahalla Palace.

The grandeur of the era can be noticed from the pair of anklets (paizeb) made of pearls and diamonds, Such ornaments with a Mughal design were made for important women of the Royal household.

Another item of interest is the collection of 22 unset emeralds, weighing about 412 carats with the central emerald alone worth 60 carats.

An exquisite item is the Satlad-stringed Basrah pearl necklace with graded basra pearls and terminals of gold set with two large-sized flat diamond. A diamond-studded Sarpech, belt buckle with 146 stones and 55 carats of diamonds set in beautiful Deccani style, a collection of pocket watches and watch chains studded with diamonds, emeralds and precious stones with intricate workmanship are also on display. The exhibition is open to the public from Thursday.