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Exhibition to showcase Nizam's jewelleries

delhi Updated: Sep 25, 2007 15:46 IST

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The sparkling Jacob diamond, the beautiful seven stringed pearl necklace, known as satlada and many glittering Nizam's jewelleries with button pearls and diamond beads will be open for public view in the National Museum from Wednesday.

The priceless jewelleries, collected by the Nizams of Hyderabad and later possessed by the government, will find place at an exhibition organised by the National Museum in New Delhi.

"This will provide a rare chance to the visitors to see the fabulous jewelleries and feel the magical impact of the items that used to haunt kings and Nizams in the past," National Museum's spokesman, RRS Chouhan, told PTI.

Most outstanding among the collections is the imperial diamond, known as Jacob diamond, weighing 184.79 carats and almost double the size of Kohinoor Diamond. Known for its shape and flawless colour, this masterpiece is believed to have been found from an African mine.

It was brought to India by a dealer, Alexander Malcon Jacob, who sold it to VIth Nizam Mahboob Ali Pasha in 1891. The diamond is estimated to be worth Rs 400 crore in the international market.

The seven-stringed basrah pearl necklace is another masterpiece with magnificent look, containing graded Basra pearls. It has gold sets with two large sized flat diamonds with an exceptional brilliant enamel work.

Sarpech, which used to adorn turbans in all the princely states in India, will be one of the 173 jewellery items to be exhibited in the museum. It contains several pieces beautifully hinged together for smooth tying. What makes the ornament flamboyant is its vertical piece that rises from the centre.