The Patiala Necklace; designed by Cartier

In 1928, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala arrived at Cartier’s headquarters in Paris. He presented 2,930 diamonds, including one inherited from his father which was the world’s seventh-largest diamond at the time, with a pre-cut weight of 428 carat; the ’De Beers’. He asked the famed Parisian jewellers to make him a necklace. They obligedContinue reading “The Patiala Necklace; designed by Cartier”

The Swadeshi Movement⁣⁣

In the 1830s, the British East India Company educated select Indians, mainly from Calcutta, described by Thomas Babington Macaulay as ‘a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect’.⁣⁣⁣⁣In 1858, Queen Victoria announced ‘equal opportunity’ for all races and the ambitious young Indians feltContinue reading “The Swadeshi Movement⁣⁣”