Property of a European noble family
A RARE GEM-SET AND GREEN-ENAMELLED BAZUBAND, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900
the gold openwork body set with a large central foiled peridot with diamonds and spinels, the reverse applied with unusual green 'meenakari' enamelwork of floral design, two metal-thread suspension
6 by 14.5cm.
The stones foil backed, the central peridot showing a straight line through in foiling, some oxidisation around the settings of the stones, natural inclusions in spinels, the green enamel to reverse strong and bright with one leaf on which most is slightly rubbed/missing, as viewed.
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Gifted by Asaf Jah VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (1866-1911).
The use of peridot in Indian jewellery is unusual, but it is reputed to have been one of the Nizam's favourite stones (Balakrishnan 2001, p.151). Peridot, with its characteristic greenish-yellow tinge, was described by the Ancient Egyptians as “gem of the sun”. The present example was most probably sourced in Burma and sent to Hyderabad to be set along with other special commissions for the Nizam and his family (see Balakrishnan and Sadisharan 2018, pp.149-150 for a picture of two young girls wearing period and diamond set bazubands). A further feature which is particularly rare is the overall green enamelling on the reverse, unlike the more common polychrome enamelling.