From the beautifully tumbled agate bead necklaces of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa to the fabulous jewels adorned with images of gods and goddesses to the magnificent items that once reposed in the treasuries of the Mughal emperors and the maharajas, the Jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad hold a great Indian history.
The Nizam exhibition at the National Museum, Delhi
- The Jacob Diamond with other Nizams’ collection has been showcased a few times in exhibitions in 2019 (after 11 years), 2006 and 2001 at the National Museum, New Delhi and the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad.
- The exhibition will be held from February 19 to May 5, 2019 10am to 6pm (except national holidays and Mondays) with an entry ticket of INR 50 per person.
- The Exhibition at National Museum, Delhi will showcase diamonds from mines of Colombian emeralds predominate and Golconda, rubies from Burma, pearls and spinets from the Gulf of Mannar and Basra. A 22 unset emerald pieces is the masterpiece of the exhibition.
Other facts about the jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad:
- The Nizams’ were known for their wealth and lifestyle and the jewels belonged to the Nizams (the hereditary ruler of Hyderabad).
- After the seizure of their kingdom by Union of India, the Nizam and his heirs were secured by the Indian government from removing the collection, claiming that it was a national treasure.
- The jewels comprise of 173 pieces of rare value and antiquity which were purchased in 1995 by the Government of India at a cost of Rs 218 crore.
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- The collection of the jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad consist impressive gemstones, turban accessories and ornaments, necklaces and pendants, belts, earrings, armbands, bangles and bracelets, anklets, cufflinks and buttons, watches, rings, toe rings, nose rings and what not.
- There is a seven-stringed Basrah pearl necklace which is known as Satlada, which has 465 pearls embedded in it.
- One of the prized possessions in the collection is the Jacob Diamond, which is the fifth largest diamond in the world that weighs 184.75 carats. It was found by the last Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, in the toe of his father’s shoe at Chowmahalla Palace and he himself used it as a paperweight for a long time.
- The Jacob Diamond is double the size of Kohinoor and
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- The collection of the jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad is with the Union Government and had been deposited in Reserve Bank of India in its headquarters at Mumbai.
The fabulous wealth of the Nizams of Hyderabad is well documented and well preserved, thanks to their lavish lifestyles, luxurious palaces and an amazing array of jewels. In present, the jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad are among the largest and most expensive collection of jewels in India.