India ~ Rajasthan, Bikaner Maharani torque necklace (Hasli); diamonds, rubies and emeralds set in green enamel using the kundan-mina technique with an inner edge of pearls set in gold cups and an outer fringe of emerald beads, the reverse decorated with a row of green enamel leaves on a white ground | Late 19th century | Est. 250'000 - 300'000£ ~ (Sept '14)
This gold necklace was one of the earliest Indian objects bought for what would become the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition as "modern" work from Calicut, and was bought for a considerable sum for the new South Kensington Museum as an example of the best international contemporary design. I hope the red on the bottom is on the actual necklace, and not just the picture. It makes the whole necklace for me.