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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…

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.}

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda, Gujarat, India approximately 173 by by circa 1865

The sketch  of diamond and emerald necklace in Platinium by Van Cleef and Arpels for HRH Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda

Treasures of the Orient exhibition through May 31 at Van Cleef Arpels Stoleshnikov boutique in Moscow. HighJewelry - 1949 drawing of the flowers Baroda necklace of the Maharani of Baroda © Van Cleef Arpels Archives.

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.

Sita Devi, Maharani of Baroda, commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels to make this Baroda Necklace, set with 13 luscious cabochon-emerald drops totalling featured in ' by Thames & Hudson.

Formerly the property of Her Highness Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda

Get your metabolism up and revving before you venture into the festive season. Alka Bhardwaj Ahuja leads you through the drill of keeping fit even as you indulge.

The Baroda Diamond Necklace

Maharajah Khande Rao Gaekwad’s three-tiered diamond necklace, incorporating the cushion-cut “Star of the South” diamond and the pear-shaped “English Dresden” diamond below it, as the centerpiece of the necklace.

An exquisite Tahitian pearl and diamond Cartier bracelet dating from the 1950s, which once belonged to Sita Devi, the Maharani of Baroda

An exquisite Tahitian pearl and diamond Cartier bracelet dating from the which once belonged to Sita Devi, the Maharani of Baroda

Maharajah Pratapsingh Rao Gaekwad wearing the Baroda pearl necklace. Maharani Sita Devi is in the background making adjustments to her husband's necklace

Pratap Singh Gaekwad - Maharaja of Baroda had one of his residences as the Monteagle farmhouse in Yateley in the better known more recently as The Highwayman public house. Strange but true apparently.

The Hope Diamond once worn by Marie - Antoinette of France

Gem stones: World's 10 Most Famous Diamonds The Hope Diamond once worn by Marie - Antoinette of France