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AN ANTIQUE IMPERIAL SPINEL, PEARL AND EMERALD NECKLACE
AN ANTIQUE IMPERIAL SPINEL, PEARL AND EMERALD NECKLACE

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AN ANTIQUE IMPERIAL SPINEL, PEARL AND EMERALD NECKLACE
Seven tumbled spinel beads, pearls, pear-shaped cabochon emerald drop, gold, 20 ½ ins., spinel beads from the 17th century, restrung at a later date
SSEF, 2014, report no. 73623: 7 Spinels, Tajikistan, no indications of any treatment
Provenance
Christie's, Geneva, 14 May 2014, lot 177
Exhibited
Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015, pp. 40-41, no. 36
The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 74, no. 45
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 59, no. 41
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 78, no. 35
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 90, no. 36
de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco 2018, p. 60, no. 11
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Mughal Emperors were captivated by regal red spinels, also called ‘ballas rubies’. Spinels were the gemstone of choice to carry imperial titles, as important as rubies or emeralds. Mughal Emperors were known to have their best and largest stones inscribed with their names. Calligraphy was the highest art of the Islamic courts and its practitioners were the most renowned artists. The best calligraphers were tasked with these engravings.

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