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Jewels of the Nizams Hardcover – July 25, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: India Book House Ltd; illustrated edition edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8175083069
  • ISBN-13: 978-8175083066
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1 x 12.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dynasty of seven generations that spanned 224 years, the Nizam-ul-Mulk (Asaf Jah) rulers of Hyderabad assembled a legendary collection of priceless jewels whose mystery only increased with a 23-year legal battle between the government of India and the heirs of the Asaf Jah dynasty. Worn primarily for ceremonial occasions, these jewels now belong to India, following one of the most anticipated, costly, and lengthy jewelry sales in history, lasting from 1972 until 1995. In this splendid work, Indian jewelry scholar Krishnan (coauthor, Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India) tells the story behind the jewels and the jewelry trust, the Asaf Jah dynasty, and the sale to the Indian government. Each item is among the finest specimens of Deccami, Rahasthani, and Lucknavi workmanship and is spectacularly photographed with accompanying description and brief historical context. Among the items included are gemstones, turban ornaments, necklaces and pendants, belts and buckles, earrings, armbands, bangles and bracelets, anklets, cufflinks and buttons, watch chains, and toe rings and nose rings, each encrusted with diamonds, rubies, spinels, emeralds, or pearls. Highly recommended for collections focusing on decorative arts and jewelry. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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[A] beautifully photographed and catalogued book; sparkles with the vivid descriptions of the Nizam's untold treasures -- Sunday Mid Day, Jan. 13, 2002

[S]pectacularly photographed with accompanying description and brief historical context; splendid work -- Library Journal, Editorial Review

[T]he first ever study and documentation work; of the Nizams of Hyderabad's legendary jewellery. --The Asian Age, Dec. 12, 2001

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Short on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Krishnan's book ,The Jewels of the Nizams, is one of those rare books in that, on the one hand, is a beautiful object in itself and, on the other, provides photographs and text about the most precious jewels from India and the world. The text describes in detail the provenance of the gems and their settings which provides important contextual background to their purchase by the Nizams, the fantastic settings of the gems and their use. The text provides a fascinating history of the Nizams and their times. But the most significant part of this wonderful book is the photographs. In these the jewels are placed against a white backdrop which provides a blank background to the colour and finery of the pieces. On page after page the reader is shown gems and pieces that made this purchaser's jaw drop with amazement. It is only through these photographs that most readers will ever see or know about these gems. Their value is such that they will only be shown rarely in India and possibly never outside India. The book brings to the reader the wonders that were India in its feudal heyday.

I loved this book and Krishnan is to be congratulated for the work done to bring it to fruition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
WOW! Of all the books I own on jewelry, designers of jewelry, owners of jewelry, famous jewelry stores, this book is the one I turn to for inspiration, and just the sheer joy of seeing beautiful things, glorious things, where the creation of such objects d' art had no price tag. The jewels are photographed exquisitely, and barring a private showing, as close as we will ever get to seeing them! The archive photographs of the family wearing these treasures are wonderful, and add further texture to how they were worn in everyday life. Oh! To have such an everyday life! When you look at these fabulous jewels, you will realize that NOTHING in czarist Russia or the British Empire comes even close to the jewels in this collection. No wonder England pillaged India! Only the Treasures of the Peacock Throne (Persia/Iran) are a contender. I think the Jewels of the Nizams represent the ultimate in craftsmanship, superiority of gems, and sheer exuberance in design. This book is a feast for the eyes, a balm of beauty for the soul. P.S. I do not let anyone read books of this superb quality without wearing cotton gloves so as not to finger-mark the pages. If anyone objects, I will turn the pages for them with gloved hands! You can get these gloves at photo supply stores--y'know. Where they sell old-timey stuff like film! Enjoy this book!
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By Bookworm70 on January 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Among the five hundred plus rulers of Native States of India,
Hyderabad was the biggest and its Prince called Nizam the richest
of all. According to Times Magazine (22 February 1937)

"India has no native state so rich, potent and extensive as
Hyderabad which is about the size of the United Kingdom and
there last week the Royal Family of the Asatia Dynasty
celebrated the Silver Jubilee of "The Richest Man in the World,"

Although Hyderabad had a Muslim ruler, his Subjects were mostly
Hindus. The last Nizam refused to join the newly formed Indian
State in 1947. As a result, the Indian Army invaded his country
from all points of the compass. Neverhteless, they kept their
jewels for a time.

The Princely jewelry collection was famous for their exquisite
designs and beauty. In this book, each item is categorized
and discussed in a interesting fashion.

Unlike the other royal collections of Native States which were
sold, disappeared or broken and distributed, the bulk of the
Nizam's collection remains in India. It was purchased from the
Royal Family by the Government thus it secured they remain within
the country as patrimony of the Nizams.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By silvermaneSF on April 8, 2010
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i collect large "coffee table" style books on jewelry and this is an excellent one, beautifully photographed and well written.
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