APD | India: Ancient jewels to be displayed in Delhi

BY APD NEWSJan 12,2019 at 10:05

By APD writer Rishika Chauhan

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12 (APD) -- Ancient jewellery of the Nizam of Hyderabad will soon be exhibited in New Delhi at the National Museum.

Previously, the jewels were displayed in 2001 in the capital and again they were brought to Delhi in 2007.   

Speaking to the media, the curator of the exhibition Sanjib Kumar Singh explained the importance of jewellery in the life of Indian royals of yesteryears. 

He termed the Nizam’s collection of jewels as “especially unique” owing to their significance in the “history of gemology and jewellery.”

Historically, the Nizam ruled the province of Hyderabad till 1951, later it was annexed into the Indian union after a spell of sanctions and military action.

The seventh and the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan was one of the richest rulers in India and possessed a huge collection of expensive jewellery. 

The Indian government took the jewellery into custody after it annexed Hyderabad.

A jewellery trust was created which took hundreds of jewellery pieces and have since been maintaining them and also exhibiting in various parts of the country.

According to a Hindustan Times report, “The actual number of pieces, if pairs and groups of ornaments are split up, is 325, including 22 unset emeralds and the 185-carat Jacob diamond, one of the world’s largest by size.”


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