Jewels Of The Nizams
Department of Culture, Government of India, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 240 pages
About the Book : - The first-ever study of one of the most outstanding collections of gemstones and jewellery of a fabulously wealthy dynasty of India that ruled the Deccan for seven generations. Sometimes worn but never shown, these jewels belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad, once reputed to be the richest men in the world.
Finely crafted from gold and silver and exquisitely enamelled, the jewels are set with Colombian emeralds, Golconda diamonds, Burmese rubies and spinels, and pearls from Basra and India.
About the Author : - Usha R Bala Krishnan is a jewellery historian, lecturer and fine arts consultant based in Mumbai.Bharath Ramamrutham is internationally recognised as one of the foremost photographers in India of the built, human and natural environment.
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Jewels of the NizamsUser Review - Book Verdict
A dynasty of seven generations that spanned 224 years, the Nizam-ul-Mulk (Asaf Jah) rulers of Hyderabad assembled a legendary collection of priceless jewels whose mystery only increased with a 23-year legal battle between the government of India and the heirs of the Asaf Jah dynasty. Worn primarily for ceremonial occasions, these jewels now belong to India, following one of the most anticipated, costly, and lengthy jewelry sales in history, lasting from 1972 until 1995. In this splendid work, Indian jewelry scholar Krishnan (coauthor, Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India) tells the story behind the jewels and the jewelry trust, the Asaf Jah dynasty, and the sale to the Indian government. Each item is among the finest specimens of Deccami, Rahasthani, and Lucknavi workmanship and is spectacularly photographed with accompanying description and brief historical context. Among the items included are gemstones, turban ornaments, necklaces and pendants, belts and buckles, earrings, armbands, bangles and bracelets, anklets, cufflinks and buttons, watch chains, and toe rings and nose rings, each encrusted with diamonds, rubies, spinels, emeralds, or pearls. Highly recommended for collections focusing on decorative arts and jewelry. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City ...
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The fantastic photography of this incredible collection makes this a unique and marvelous book for any jewelry lover.
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