For over five thousand years, India’s jewelry craftsmen have drawn upon the rich sources of gold and gems throughout their land. Gold and silver, the quintessential metals of Indian jewelry, are worked in various techniques including granulation, filigree, thewa
work (a fused appliqué process), and kundan
(an inlay process). In the Museum’s collection is an Indian necklace (18th–19th century) in the form of a circle of uniform gold beads, each pendant attached by a tiny flower, probably representing the flower and berry of the evergreen mulsari
. Our stunning necklace adapts the berry-shaped pendants of this original gold piece.
22K gold overlay. Matte finish. Toggle closure. 18''L.