Every Gemstone Has a Story to Tell

Jewels of a Maharani – Sita Devi

Maharani Sita Devi known world over for her lifestyle of extravagance was the wife of Maharaja Pratap Singh Gaekwar of Baroda, the 8th richest man at the time.

Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda

Maharani Sita Devi had a love for things that glittered and had a collection of jewels in every form. For an Indian woman at that time, Maharani Sita Devi was very out going in her ways wearing sarees although showing off her earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. She was also known to smoke in public and her cigarette holder was studded with rubies.

Some of her famous jewellery pieces were the :

Seven strand Basra Pearl necklace

Maharani Sita Devi helping the Maharaja with the pearl necklace

The famous 34.65 ct  Princie Diamond one of the largest Pink Diamonds ever found. The Diamond got its name as the Maharani and her only son Princie were the chief guests at a party thrown by Van Cleef and Arpels to celebrate its acquisition. The diamond was very spontaneously named after him at the party. Recovered from the ever famous Golconda mines in Andhra Pradesh, India the diamond was sold for almost $40 Million.

The Princie Diamond 

The Maharani and her son Princie

The Maharani was also seen wearing a necklace with two very famous diamonds. The Dresden and the Star of the South. The Star of the South, a Fancy Light Pink Brownish Diamond from the Bagagem Diamond Mines in Brazil and the Dresden are the two large diamonds used together to grab everyone’s attention.

Indian royals are known to have some of the most expensive gemstones and jewellery to their names which has also helped it trade between countries along with bringing to light India’s craftsmanship, designs and riches.

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