For centuries, emeralds have been heralded as magical gemstones that embodied heavenly powers and blessings. Mesmerized by its heady combination of mysticism and beauty, nobles of the Mughal dynasty often embedded carved emeralds into their jewellery as symbols of wealth and divine protection. Inspired by the sophisticated elegance and tradition of Mughal aesthetics, craftsmen and gem collectors around the globe have sought to recreate unique masterpieces that enveloped a sense of exoticism and naturalistic perfection.
Retaining the natural hexagonal shape in which emeralds are formed, the lapidary has finely shaped these gemstones into a beautiful pair of matching earrings. Reminiscent of Mughal aesthetics showcasing a combination of multicultural elements, the complementary diamond laden frame reflects a diffusion of Eastern and Western influences. The delicacy of the green emeralds are further enhanced by the intricate carvings of floral motifs. Emerging from the depths of the gem, the flowers resemble those one would find on a canvas or manuscript page referencing Paradise. Floral motifs such as the lily, poppy, and chrysanthemums are characteristics of the Mughal style ubiquitous during the reign of Emperor Jahangir and Shah Jahan. The sophisticated elegance of these flowers are brought to life by the meticulous work of skilled lapidary craftsmen, and models after the distinctive hallmark of this flourishing Indian empire.
This beautiful pair of green emerald earrings pays homage to the vibrant Mughal artistry and is one of its kind. Due to its softer properties compared to other precious stones, emeralds are more prone to breakage, with material wastage during the carving process. As a result, carved emeralds of such intricate quality rare to find. Aside from the exceptional craftsmanship, the lustrous gems are works of art in themselves. Mined in Colombia, a favoured source from which Mughal Maharajas imported their emeralds, Lot 1695 boasts impressive size, combined with its impeccable quality and artistic expertise, a fine representative of its imperial inspirations and majesty.
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