In India, glasses with exceptionally rare gems from the Mughal period of the 17th century will be sold at an auction in London this month.
Two pairs of glasses, each with emerald and diamond engraved lenses, cost around £1.5m to £2.5m each. The “Art of the Islamic World and India” sale to be auctioned on October 27, auction house Sotheby’s announced Thursday.
The “Gate of Paradise” emerald lens weighs over 300 carats and is believed to have been engraved from an emerald imported from Colombian mines, which is famous for housing the finest quality of gems.
Similarly, the diamond lens titled “Hello of Light” is believed to have been carved from a 200-carat diamond found at the Golconda mines in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The auction house estimates that the original diamond was possibly the largest ever found.
To put this in perspective, the “Kohinoor” of India is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world and is now part of the British crown jewels. Its weight is 105.6 carats.
“The quality and purity of the gems is exceptional and stones of this size have no doubt been the storehouse of an emperor,” said a statement from Sotheby’s.
While it is not clear which ruler commissioned these glasses, the style of cutting pre-date cutting techniques, according to experts, confirming the production date of the 17th century.
Edward Gibbs, chairman of Sotheby’s, said, “These extraordinary curiosities bring together myriad threads – from the brilliance of the cutter’s technical mastery and craftsmanship to the sight of a patron who chose to fashion two pairs of glasses like never before. had gone.” for the Middle East and India.
Sotheby’s estimates that the lens was placed in a new rose-cut diamond frame around 1890. This traditional casing technique is believed to have originated in the western state of Gujarat, India. The frame also features a European ‘open claw’ design, which was popularized between the 18th and 19th centuries.
Both pairs of glasses were owned by a princely Indian family until they sold them to European buyers in the 1980s.
These glasses are said to have aided in spiritual enlightenment. According to Indian legend, the diamond was believed to be illuminating and the emerald was believed to have miraculous healing powers and could ward off evil.
Green is also associated with heaven and prosperity in Islam. The use of emerald stones for healing can be traced back to the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who, according to legend, treated his sick eyes with gems after the death of his wife.
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