12th May, 2021

Jewelled elephant, Mounbatten’s Indian bracelet was auctioned in England

Coventry Editorial 23rd Apr, 2021

More than 2,000 years ago, India was the sole inventor and supplier of gemstone across land and sea to India. Sapphires from Kashmir, diamonds from Golconda, and pearls from the Gulf of Mannar coveted many merchants worldwide, come and do business with India.

For the rulers of India, jewellery was a statement of power and prestige. Today, jewellery fascinates women – they consider it as economical and social security whose value is always appreciated in the coming days.

The fascinating history of Indian jewellery

At the time of 5,000 years ago, India was the exporter of beads, home to diamond-backed by intricate engineering skills, which was then taught to Romans.

Yet, despite these pieces of Indian jewellery’s simplicity, gradually, it has become much more complex in artistry and style. After the diminishing of Mohenjodaro, the technicality took an immense change in Indian craftsmanship.

One may notice delicate filigree crafting on gold, micro granulation, and embossing work on pendants that date back to this period. For instance, you will see the work of polished craftsmanship on The sculptures at Bharhut, Amaravati, and the paintings at Ajanta Caves manifesting the king’s jewellery and commoner that period.

It’s never only about India. For ages, civilisations have found pride and enticement in gold-lashed jewellery and games requiring fiscal transactions. And now, as gambling is introduced to the internet and renowned online casino UK have emerged for modern gamblers, they are left to enjoy a stretched array of online gambling options along with receiving other conveniences.

Mountbatten’s family has a connection with Indian jewellery

A jewelled ornamental elephant from Jaipur, including a diamond bracelet, are the principal Indian Heirlooms, contributing to 350 personal gadgets that belonged to Patricia Mountbatten. She was the last viceroy of India and the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten. At the auction ceremony in London, the pieces of jewellery fetched £5.6million at public sale.

Queen Victoria was the owner of these jewellery and Indian Heirlooms and other ornaments, and then gradually passed down to Victoria’s descendants.

First, Louis Mountbatten got the opportunity to take these ornaments as a social pride, and then it went to his daughter Patricia. Jaipur was also considered the prime zone for crafting golden Jewellery and gold merchanting areas across the sea.

In 1946, gold enamelled elephants crafted in Jaipur were gifted to Edwina by her husband Louis Mountbatten as a token of present on their 24th-anniversary occasion. Bidders on the auction kept the estimated price of the valuations between £2,000 and £3,000, which later was brought at £34,020.

Jewellery that was taken for auction and the story behind it

The auction ceremony was held online due to the pandemic situation – Sotheby’s online public sale had started from £80 to £100,000. In this auction show, the bidder surpassed all over the world, for the lined up gadgets displayed for auction, from her ancestors, shared all the ornaments had a connection with India.

The Indian heirlooms that were up for auction included an Indian diamond set, a bracelet from India, which are the personal gadgets of Queen Victoria.

Though her belongings were passed down to her descendants over the years, collectors will now get the chance to excavate the history behind the jewellery pieces unfolding the 20th Century. The bracelet cost, which was estimated at around £40,320 in the auction, includes a beautiful portrait of Victoria’s husband Albert, of his childhood days, and was under the commissioner of the monarch herself.

A ‘Tutti Frutti’ kind of ornament was also auctioned at Sotheby’s online auction at the price of £107,100, belonging to Edwina Mountbatten, had a penchant for this type of jewellery styles inspired by Indian cut-coloured gems.

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