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Yadavindra Singh was the successor and son of Bhupindar Singh, none of the Indian grand dukes surrounded himself with such striking pomp as Bhupindar Singh, the Maharajah of Patiala (1891-1938). With insatiable greed he collected diamonds, pearls, jewels and trinkets.

In 1928, the maharaja ordered a diamond necklace made of round, circumferential links from Cartier to fit close to the neck. In the middle there is a large, yellow diamond that is sure to have come from the maharaja's possession. These stones were later removed and it took eight months for the restoration to find appropriate replacements. The reconstructed necklace was then shown for the first time at the Biennale des Antiquaires in.

Above in the picture Yadavindra Singh, who shows another remarkable piece of jewelery in the picture, the famous necklace with the "De Beers", a golden yellow diamond of 234.5 carats. The story of this necklace is an adventure that could not have been better described in a detective novel. It stands for the "Golden Twenties", in which the splendor and splendor of the Maharajas fully unfolded for the last time. Princely celebrations, splendid weddings and all the wealth with which the Singh family surrounded themselves are documented in the family archive of the Maharajah. After the Great Depression of 1929 and the collapse of the British colonial empire, this fairytale world is doomed. And when the government of Indira Gandhi passed a law abolishing the state treasury in 1971, the maharajas lost their titles and privileges for good. Jewelry was no longer allowed to be brought out of the country. In the trials and tribulations of this period of upheaval, the necklace of Patiala disappeared.


The Maharani of Patiala, Yadavindra Singh's wife, owned one of the beautiful Lovers knot tiaras


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The collar of white and yellow diamonds was made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, using the maharaja diamonds, who gave Cartier the biggest single commission ever received from one client. In requesting Cartier Paris remodel his crown jewels between 1925 and 1928. It also includes the "bib" - the large and colossal diamond necklace of traditionel Indian form with multiple strands, but set in platinum, instead of gold., Incorporating the 234.69 carat De Beers diamond. It passed to his heir above in the photo, wearing this necklace. Yadavindra Singh Maharaja from Patiala pictured in 1941 in all his splendor with jewels, diamonds and ropes of pearls from his treasure. Yadavindra Singh 1913-1974, was Punjabi Indian royalty of the princely state of Patiala.

He succeeded his father, Bhupinder Singh, as the Maharaja of Patiala on 23 March 1938, but agreed to the incorporation of the princely state into India on 5 May 1948. He was Rajpramukh of the new Indian state of Patiala and East Punjab States Union until it was merged with Punjab in 1956.

Rosita Forbes discribed a visit to the Patiala armory in 1939: the famous Patiala emeralds, each as large as a dessert spoon and a necklace which, when I tried it on, covered half my person with steams and lakes of damonds, It was set by Cartier and contained pink, yellow, greenish and what I should call pale brown diamonds, all as large as my thumb-nails.
source: cartier 1900-1939

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