Dubbed ‘The Jewellery of Legends Collection’, this latest collaborative line between Lotus Arts de Vivre and Padma Gems features exquisitely rare gems that belonged to Kings and Queens of the past.
Reputed for rather spectacular jewellery designs that appeal to a clientele of Thai and international collectors, Lotus Arts de Vivre strikes again with yet another collaboration to eye.
Joining hands with India-based jewellery and accessory brand Padma Gems, this new line — aptly dubbed ‘The Jewellery of Legends Collection’ — presents three extremely precious stones, most of which are no longer supplied today.
Adorning these designs are gems that once belonged to maharajahs, and have been redesigned, while maintaining the original beauty of the jewels. From the world’s most precious diamonds, to emeralds sourced from the rarest substances in the world, we delve deep into the varied stories behind these exquisite gems.
The Story: Considered the world’s finest diamonds, Golconda diamonds originated from the Golconda Sultanate of the 16th – 17th century, which back then, was considered the “diamond capital” of the world. Diamond miners once came across a Golconda diamond, which weighed 187 carats.
Called the Koh-i-Noor, this particular treasure was regally passed along over the years, from the Maharajah of Lahore, to Queen Victoria the first, the fourth, the eight, and the ninth. At one point, Prince Albert became frustrated by its bland appearance, and ordered for it to be recut to its current size of 105.6 carats.
The Koh-i-Noor can now be viewed in the Tower of London, as part of the British Crown Jewels. There are, of course, other famous Golconda diamonds, including the Hope Diamond which weighs 45.42 carats (now part of the Smithsonian Collection), and the pink Daria-i-Noor, which, at 182 carats, is recognised as the largest pink diamond in the world. Today, the Golconda mines have been permanently closed, as the jewellery industry has shifted to new production locations primarily centered around Africa, Australia, and Russia.
The Story: Harvested from the Persian Gulf, off of the coast of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, Basra Pearls are known to be the world’s oldest, largest, and rarest natural pearls. Only found in one specific kind of oyster, these pearls shine with a unique luster and iridescence — a hue obtained through a mix of fresh and seawater — that truly reflects the beauty of the sea.
Even more incredible is how lightweight these pearls are despite their vibrant shine, making them even more covetable. Unfortunately, muc of the ecosystem that births these beautiful pearls have since been destroyed by oil production in the Middle East, meaning many of these natural pearls were destroyed.
Back in 1865, the Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad of Baroda commissioned a carpet to adorn the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed in Medina. Made by artisans from the old Mughal court, said carpet featured incredibly elaborate arabesque patterns, embroidered with over 1.5 million Basra pearls, along with emeralds, diamonds, and sapphires. In 2009, the carpet resurfaced at a Sotheby’s auction, and was sold for $5.5 million to an anonymous bidder — you can now visit it as part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of Qatar.
The Story: Among all precious stones, emeralds can be considered the rarest. These Panjshir gems are created from a combination of two extremely rare substances — the Beryllium, which can only be found in a few locations in the high continent, and Chromium, which is sourced from the bottom of the seas. The result of this perfect combination is a strikingly green shade, said to be far more intense than Colombian emeralds due to its higher chromium content.
While Golconda diamonds and Basra pearls are no longer being continuously supplied today, Panjshir emeralds can still be found, though they are sourced with great difficulty, with mines being located at altitudes of up to 4,000m, making them among the rarest and most coveted gems among collectors.
To find out more about ‘The Jewellery of Legends Collection’, visit lotusartsdevivre.com.