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The Cartier and Gujarat connection!

The Cartier and Gujarat connection!

June 28, 2019

On the eve of the momentous Christie’s auction of the al Thani jewels, titled “Maharajas and the Mughal Magnificence” - I made a trip to New York to catch a final glimpse of the entire collection, before the pieces were dispersed, each making its way to a new home in different parts of the world. 
An interesting observation that I made here while looking at the pieces was the fact  that jewellery, that is mostly a woman’s prerogative in today’s time, is majorly contradicted here. More than 85% of the jewellery in the exhibit belonged to and was worn by men. I was intrigued by a magnificent sarpench (image above) whose provenance stated that it belonged to the Maharaja of Nawanagar (present day Jamnagar, Gujarat) and since I come from Gujarat, I delved deeper into the Nawanagar jewels to know more.

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