Mughal “Mirror Diamond” Necklace

The Mughal MirrorBonham’s auction house is offering a rare period necklace, dubbed the “Mirror Diamond” necklace for private sale at a price of $20 million. The necklace features five Mughal empire pendant diamonds finished with Colombian emerald drops.

What makes the diamonds in this necklace extraordinary is their origins and cut. All five of the Mirror Diamonds are great examples of the colorless, fiery
diamonds discovered in the ancient Golconda mines in India during the height of the Mughal Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Diamonds from the Golconda region were revered for their exceptional quality and size, reserved only for royalty of the time.

The name “Mirror” comes from the way in which the diamonds are cut – also known as table-cut diamonds. This refers to a thin diamond section with a flat top and bottom, with facets around the edge to create a refractive brilliance. At the time, gem-cutters only sought to remove areas with cracks and inclusions within the stone, so as to preserve as much weight of the diamond as possible. The rough shape determined the final outline of the polished stone. At 28 carats, the central stone is the largest table-cut diamond to survive, and the five diamonds collectively are the largest matching set from the Mughal 17th century. It is likely that the necklace belonged to a Mughal emperor.

The Columbian emerald drops were believed to be added much later, around the late 18th to early 19th century.

To get the natural stone necklace look without paying the price of diamonds, look for Margo Morrison’s jewelry line. It incorporates the raw look of unset gemstones suspended by threads of a silk/nylon blend. Come to Secret Sapphire in Vancouver at 493 Davie St. to take a look at Margo Morrison jewelry.