In 1947, Nizam of Hyderabad gifted an exquisite diamond necklace to Princess Elizabeth. The beautiful necklace is made of diamond and platinum and was remodelled from an earlier Cartier piece, and features a double-drop pendant and 13 emerald cut diamonds.
The dazzling diamond set, part of a special wedding set gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by the Nizam of Hyderabad is creating a buzz after its latest outing during a gala evening in the British capital. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, borrowed the Cartier set from her grandmother-in-law for a night out at the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday and the famously extravagant Nizam’s jewels were the star attraction.Middleton paired the necklace with a dark Jenny Packham dress for a fundraiser in her role as patron of the gallery. The event marked a celebration of the work of acclaimed authors who have written special ‘Pen Portraits’ to be sold to raise money for the gallery.
The Nizam’s entire gift set for the future Queen of England included a diamond tiara and matching necklace, whose design was based on English roses. The tiara has three floral brooches, which can be detached and used separately.
[Via – India-Today]