Iran earlier known as Persia, is bordered by the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Known to be home to one of the worlds largest collection of spectacular gemstones, the treasury holds the Darya-e-Nour Diamond and mounds of other stones notably Emeralds, Yellow Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires.
Like the Koh-i-noor Diamond that presently resides in London as part of the Crown Jewels, the Darya-e-Nour was mined from the Golconda region in India (currently Hyderabad). Named ‘Sea of Light’ thanks to its brilliance and soft Pink color, this gemstone will be one you wont forget.
Jewel Studded Globe
Amongst other pieces that not rest securely part of the Iranian Treasures , the Jewel Studded Globe take the cake. What’s fascinating about this Globe is the fact that the various land masses and water bodies have been represented through a polychromatic palette of gemstones.
Emeralds have been used to depict the seas and oceans of the world with its green hue. Land masses come alive with Spinels and Rubies, and Diamonds have been used to depict countries like Iran, Britain, South Asia, perhaps holding more importance during those times. Created to keep track of all the loose gemstones that were lying in the treasury, it is a beautiful way to do a stock check.
I fondly recall my grandmother narrating stories from her years spent in Iran. Some where she wore wigs, and others where the Indian Saree was somewhat a luxury. Looking through my mothers collections of Stamps collected from her years studying there, I remember seeing beautiful stamps of the Emperor and the Empress.
At the top of the stamp is a reflection of the Pahlavi Crown, used by Reza Shah, the founder of the Pahlavi Dynasty, and was created by a group of Iranian jewellers under the direction of Haj Serajeddin.