American YouTube star Emma Chamberlain sported the missing Patiala Necklace during Met Gala 2022. Emma Chamberlain made a splashing debut wearing a Louis Vitton dress coupled with the diamond necklace of an erstwhile Indian prince.
• Emma Chamberlain was caught sporting a missing necklace from India
• It belongs to the Maharaja Of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh
• Designed in 1928, the necklace went missing in 1948
• It has a rich history of changing hands
What Is The History Of Patiala Necklace?
In 1928, the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh thought of making a ceremonial necklace with his DeBeers diamond. The Maharaja commissioned Cartier to conceive a design that has DeBeers diamond as its centerpiece. Soon Cartier came up with a necklace which more beautiful than the Maharaja had thought. Since it belonged to Patiala, it was called Patiala Necklace.
What Are The Design Features Of Patiala Necklace?
The necklace features five rows of platinum chains embellished with 2930 diamonds and Burmese rubies. And slightly yellow DeBeers diamond that the Maharaja had bought from the Paris Universal exhibition in 1889 was placed at the center. It was the biggest diamond at that time.
What Is The Controversial Past Of Patiala Necklace?
The necklace was part of the treasury of the Maharaja of Patiala until 1948 when it went missing from the royal treasury. And there was no trace of the precious necklace for 32 years.
In 1982, a part of the necklace mysteriously appeared in Sotheby’s auction. Only DeBeers diamond was up for auction. Cartier bought the diamond. Cartier also bought the remaining part of the necklace from an antique shop in London. It redesigned the Patiala Necklace with replicas and it appeared at the Met Gala 2022.
What Is The Controversy Surrounding Patiala Necklace?
Many netizens found it distasteful to showcase the necklace that has a royal history and a past of changing hands. They said that the heritage jewelry should be treasured instead of displayed at events. Others feel that it highlights the colonial past of India when many precious things including the Kohinoor were transferred to Britain and never returned.