The Nizam Of Hyderabad Diamond Necklace


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The Duchess Of Cambridge is wearing the famous Nizam Of Hyderabad necklace

The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace was created by Cartier in the 1930s. It consists of a long chain of 38 diamonds (reduced from the original 46) with a diamond-encrusted snap. The centre of the necklace is pave-set with a detachable double-drop pendant of 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop.The original necklace consisted of eight double-drop and three triple-drop pendants. However, nine of the pendants (all eight double-drop and the larger of the triple-drop pendants) were later removed and sold separately.

The Nizam of Hyderabad was once the owner of one of the most celebrated and largest private jewellery collections in the world.When queen Elizabeth got married in  1947,the Nizam was not in London,but he left Cartier instructions that the she would personally choose her present.A demi-parure of a tiara and this necklace was the Queen’s own choice.

The Queen has worn the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace through her life, although more often in her youth. This is also one of her favourite necklaces to don when she is posing for portraits.

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