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Nizam’s Regality on Show at National Museum in Delhi

New Delhi, Thu, 27 Sep 2007 NI Wire

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SEP 26 : ‘Nizam’ the word bring an image of the grand and magnificent era of yesteryears, who once ruled the city of Hyderabad.

They are known for their aesthetic sense and regality, ….Though kings and kingdoms are no more now but the legacies of Nizam are still there…

One of the most splendid collections of Nizam’s jewellary are on display at the National Museum in Delhi from Wednesday.

The jewels are now the possessions of Government of India and it is one of the largest and most valuable collections of Indian jewellery. It belongs to the Asaf Jah dynasty that ruled Hyderabad from 18 th century till India’s independence.

The collections of jewellery consist of varieties of precious stones, and diamonds of over 12000 carats.

There are 173 precious jewels in the exhibition. This is the second instance after the gap of six years, when these jewels are put up for exhibition. It comprises of gems not only from India but from other parts of the world too.

The invaluable jewellery includes necklaces, belts, buckles, bracelets, bangles, earrings, armlets and watch chains. The displayed diamonds include Jacob diamond, one of the most expensive and largest diamonds of the worlds along with several diamonds mined from the mines of Golconda, Colombian emeralds, Burmese rubies and pearls from Basra and the Gulf of Mannar are also delighting the decoration of the exhibition.

Karan Singh, Chairman of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, recalled how the Jacob diamond was discovered by a member of the Nizam’s family hidden in a slipper.

It is believed that Jacob diamond was discovered by the last reigning Nizam, stuffed in the toe of a slipper lying in Chowmahalla Palace.

Besides the jewellery, the traditional outfit once worn by Nizams and photographs are feast for eyes

The exhibition will last for two months.

It tells of its flamboyance and a moment of pride, nostalgia and wonders…that something like this existed in the womb of India…

These beautifully crafted ornaments will leave the viewers bedazzled.

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Aline Dobbie

September 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I am delighted that the Nizam's collection of jewellery is being exhibited - I included mention of it in my latest book India: The Elephant's Blessing; I received The Pride of India Gold Award for my trilogy on India. How much better though to concentrate on keeping India's Tigers alive and well otherwise one day you chaps will have to mount an exhibition of stuffed tigers and the world will condemn India as a nation for not caring enough and her governments for reneging on their custodianship of India's great wildlife and in particular The Tiger - Sunday is International Tiger Day



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