The Nizam's jewels, which contain a stunning set of the rarest and most expensive ornaments, have a global reputation as a luxury jewellery collection. The Nizam's jewellery collection took the world by awe when just a teeny part of the same generated billions at auctions. It must be mentioned that it was not just the size. Still, the overall aesthetics, wherein there is a rich blend of the traditional Indian culture, that imparted an impeccable impression to the viewers.
The Nizams were monarchs who ruled southern India and Nizam jewellery is the royal ornaments belonging to their dynasty, which the Indian government acquired recently. The Jacob Diamond, the fifth-largest polished diamond in the world, Alexandrite, the world's rarest gemstone, pearl necklaces of astonishing beauty, etc., are all parts of the Nizam Jewelry collection, which now is seen as part of the national treasure.
It was in 1995 that the Indian government bought the Nizam jewellery from the descendants of the royal family by paying $70 million (INR 218 crore). The National Museum of Delhi exhibited these breath-taking pieces of jewellery for public viewing in 2001, 2006 and then again in 2019. That is when the world gathered to have a glimpse of over a hundred and seventy varieties of finely made jewellery that once belonged to the richest of royals in India.
The Nizam jewellery collection is, in fact, an epitome of beauty and symbolizes the glorious Indian cultural heritage. The designs on these pieces of jewellery are purely of Indian origin and craftsmanship, which highlights the prosperity of the southern peninsula of the nation.
The jewel set contains gems from almost all parts of the globe, such as the 22 large uncut Columbian emeralds, Burmese rubies, Basra pearls, etc. Gold and silver are found in abundance in these royal treasures. Golconda diamonds are another attraction.
A large portion of the Nizam jewellery lies scattered in different places, and these denote the excellence of the medieval culture of India. Critics believe that each piece of this jewellery has its unique history, which has to be studied and preserved.