Mughal Gems

wealthymattersA rare necklace, engraved with names of Mughal emperors Akbar and Jahangir is being auctioned in Geneva by Christie’s as part of the ‘Magnificent Jewels’ sale. Dating to the 17th century, the seven Mughal engraved spinel bead necklace is estimated to fetch between USD 1,500,000 to USD 2,000,000.Mughal emperors were known for their love of precious stones. The tradition of engraving titles and names on stones began with the Timurids, who were the ancestors of Mughals.They did their engraving on diamonds, emeralds and other outstanding quality stones with large spinel beads considered to be their favourites.As much as these gems were a symbol of the opulence and dignity of the empire, they were also treasured as protective talismans.The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar exhibits an important necklace with eleven Mughal spinel beads with a total weight of 877.23 carats. Three of them engraved with names of Emperor Jahangir and one with that of Emperor Shah Jahan.



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