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This v~shaped belt necklace with a traditional butta, or jhumka, as the centrepiece, is defined by its formidability. The usual Tamil pomp and typical Bengali restraint marry to create a glitzy, showy ornament that cleverly hides its light weight and even lighter demeanour behind a facade of superlative craftsmanship and deftly placed elements. With matched earrings, all in copper~tinted 22K gold ; and a row of set pearls for added spice.


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A pair of diamond and enamel anklets (sanklas) | Mughal or Deccani, late 19th century | Each ankle bracelet designed as a series of flexible pear-shaped links set with table-cut diamonds within foiled gold surrounds to a pear-shaped diamond fringe and seed pearl surmount, the reverse of similar design in red, white and green enamel


A pair of diamond and enamel anklets (sanklas) | Christie's