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Splendors of Mughal India - I

One of the most treasured jewels in Indian history: The Taj Mahal Emerald. Circa 1630-1650. A hexagonal-cut emerald, weighing approximately 141.13 carats, it is carved with stylized chrysanthemum, lotus and Mughal poppy flowers, within asymmetrical foliage, to the plain reverse and beveled border. This intricately carved stone is one of a small group of exquisite emeralds commissioned by the Mughal Court, possibly during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.

Black Starr & Frost Natural Pearl Ring

Georgian paste parure set in box. OK, it's paste. Still gorgeous. c. 1810, possibly English.

Lady Allan's Cartier tiara, in it's case. All images and infor courtesy of Sotheby's. This piece to be auctioned on 10 November 2015