Monday, 18 April 2011

An Imperial Mughal spinel necklace

This extremely rare and valuable necklace is coming up for auction at Christies's Geneva on may 18th. It is an Imperial Mughal necklace with eleven carved spinel beads (1,136.63 ct). Three of them actually display the name of Jahangir, emperor between 1605 and 1627, who was the father of the constructor of the Taj Mahal. The beads engraving records the names of both the son and grandson and the years during which they reigned.

Spinel was a gemstone treasured by Mughal emperors and valued as much as Golconda diamonds and carved emeralds. They were considered protective talismans that emperors wore in groups of three during battles.