Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels
presents a journey through the history of Indian jeweled
This book will awaken a new understanding of the diverse tradition of Indian jewelry through pieces that span more than four hundred years. Assembled with a passion for gems and a love of Indian craftsmanship, each item sheds light on the evolution of style and technique in court jewelry from the peak of the Mughal imperial patronage, the rich commissions of Maharajas under the British Raj, the celebrated Indian commissions of Cartier, to the inventive creations of the 21st century.
Key pieces include a carved jade dagger hilt owned by Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal; a group of engraved imperial Mughal spinels; a collection of enameled objects from Hyderabad, the Arcot II diamond and
Taj Mahal emerald; a choker made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, as well as stunning contemporary creations by JAR and Bhagat using historic Indian stones.
There is also a limited handwoven brocade edition -only 100 copies- in a clamshell case.
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On November 28th, 2013, Dr Amin Jaffer signed Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels at the at the Assouline Boutique at the Claridge's in London - Click here to see pictures of this event