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Inside the world’s greatest private jewelry collection

This prince of Qatar is the owner of weapons fragments from the Mughal period in the 17th century to the jewelry of 21st century Cartier. June 19. Christie’s is a very famous auction house in the UK.

Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor, lived purely in silk, excessively excess. In the early 17th century, he ruled over a sprawling kingdom that is now India and Pakistan. The Peacock Throne Throne, a chair encrusted with 50-carat diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pear-shaped pearls, became one of the emblems of the “Lord of the world”. He is the father of more than a dozen children and married 11 wives. When his most beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died in 1631, he built a white marble mausoleum for burial. It took 22 years and more than 20,000 workers to build Mumtaz’s final resting place called the Taj Mahal.

During the following centuries, the sparkling precious jewels of Shah Jahan and other Maharajah Mughals (princes, emperors) were among the most precious gems and artifacts in the world. And no “treasure hunter” has as impressive a collection as Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani.


Aphélie necklace
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Over a period of more than a decade, Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani has become one of the largest art and jewelry collectors in the world.

The most prized artifacts of the collection “Mahar Maharajas and Mughal Magnificence”, are a 17th century steel dagger crafted for Shah Jahan, with a bust once owned by Samuel Morse. The dagger is one of the main highlights of the auction, “said William Robinson, Christie’s Islamic art director.

Many other valuable items belong to a different category. The collection includes: a set of flags whose chess pieces are decorated with emeralds and rubies; The 10.5-carat pink Golconda diamond, obtained from ancient mines in eastern India; and the 17.2-carat Arcot II diamond owned by Queen Charlotte of England since 1777. There is also a wide range of colorful stone faces, brooches, necklaces, paintings, rings, bracelets , earrings, pocket watches, swords, powder horns and a hookah-like ornament called “hookah”.

The collection auction event expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars, up to nine figures, could turn out to be the biggest jewelery sale of all time.

The collection is packed with valuables including another highly valuable Cartier creation, a brooch that deviates makeup from four large diamonds, two more than 20 carats and diamonds. the rest are slightly smaller. The brooch was crafted for De Beers Diamond’s Director, Solomon “Solly” Barnato Joel. He arrived in Cartier in 1912 with the finest gems from his South African mines and commissioned the jeweler to turn them into something beautiful. The brooch, on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017 and at the Beijing Palace Museum a year later, is predicted to cost between $ 10 million and $ 15 million. This is the precious jewelry estimated to be worth the largest in Al-Thani’s auction.