THE BARODA PEARLS - A MAGNIFICENT SUITE OF PEARL JEWELRY - Worn through the centuries and across generations by the Indian Maharajas of Baroda, this necklace has been documented endlessly as the epitome of elegance, extravagance and rarity, sentiments embodied by the powerful and endearing Gaekwars of Baroda. Comprising a two-strand natural pearl necklace, of sixty-eight graduated pearls, measuring from approximately 9.47 to 16.04 mm [Sold for 7.1 million USD]
For some 500 years 'The Moon of Baroda Diamond', a 24.04 carat canary yellow diamond was a cherished item in the Maharajas of Baroda's family treasure. In 1878, the Gaekwar of Baroda sent it to Empress Marie Thérèse of Austria, the first & only female head of the Habsburg dynasty, but it later was returned to its original owner. In 1860, the jewel was fitted to a necklace, although it was probably detached from it during the 1940s. In 1944 it was bought by Meyer Rosenbaum/jeweler from…
Made in India with hundreds of rubies, sapphires, diamonds & an estimated 1,500,000 Basra pearls, the famed Baroda Pearl Carpets form one of the most glorious treasures symbolic of Indian Royalty. Looted from India by Ranjitsinh Gaekwar & taken to Sita Devi in Paris, the Carpets vanished from public view. Years after the Maharani's death, in 1994 one of the four Pearl Carpets was found in a Geneva vault. [This carpet sold at Sotheby's for 5.5 million USD.}
Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1949–50. The Baroda Set ordered by the Maharani of Baroda, “The Indian Wallis Simpson”, wife of the Maharaja of Baroda. This impressive suite of jewellery was designed by Jacques Arpels for Sita Devi, the second wife of Maharaja Pratapsinh Gaekwad of Baroda. It consists of 13 pear-shaped Colombian emeralds – 154 carats in total – suspended from diamonds set in the shape of a lotus flower.