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Hyderabad Nizams' Priceless Royal Jewels On Display At National Museum

India | News18 | February 26, 2019, 2:41 pm
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 Priceless royal jewels which once adorned some of the most powerful Hyderabad Nizams, bear testimony to the sheer grandeur of the Asaf Jahi dynasty rulers. Open in Delhi third time now, a public exhibition has displayed 173 dazzling pieces of jewellery, including one of the world's biggest diamonds -- the Jacob Diamond. (Image: National Museum)

Priceless royal jewels which once adorned some of the most powerful Hyderabad Nizams, bear testimony to the sheer grandeur of the Asaf Jahi dynasty rulers. Open in Delhi third time now, a public exhibition has displayed 173 dazzling pieces of jewellery, including one of the world's biggest diamonds -- the Jacob Diamond. (Image: National Museum)

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"Jewels of India: The Nizam's Jewellery Collection", a temporary exhibition at the National Museum, has the Jacob (or Imperial) Diamond as its centrepiece, amid panels of richly-studded crown jewels, "sarpechs" headbands, waistbands, necklaces, rings, earrings and other jewellery. (Image: National Museum)

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 The collection of jewels has come to the museum after 2001 and 2007. They were purchased in 1995 by the Indian government for Rs 218 crore from the last Nizam's trusts, the National Museum said. (Image: National Museum)

The collection of jewels has come to the museum after 2001 and 2007. They were purchased in 1995 by the Indian government for Rs 218 crore from the last Nizam's trusts, the National Museum said. (Image: National Museum)

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 The Jacob Diamond is deemed as the seventh largest in the world, it said. Mined from South Africa in the late 1800s, the oval diamond was cut and polished to its present weight of 184.5 carats. (Image: National Museum)

The Jacob Diamond is deemed as the seventh largest in the world, it said. Mined from South Africa in the late 1800s, the oval diamond was cut and polished to its present weight of 184.5 carats. (Image: National Museum)

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 Now temporarily housed in a highly-protected chamber of the Museum, the studded rubies, emeralds, diamonds and pearls dating back to 18th-20th centuries, glitter in dim light. (Image: National Museum)

Now temporarily housed in a highly-protected chamber of the Museum, the studded rubies, emeralds, diamonds and pearls dating back to 18th-20th centuries, glitter in dim light. (Image: National Museum)

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