A fluted emerald bead weighing 60 carats, carved in India in the 17th Century. Measuring approximately 21.1 x 15.3 x 26.50mm. Accompanied by a certificate stating that the emerald weighing 60.16 carats is of Colombian origin and displays only minor amount of oil in its fissures (traditional clarity enhancement).
Note: Some of the finest Colombian emeralds made their way into the hands of the royal Indian families through Spanish and Portuguese trading routes in the early 17th to the 19th Century. These exceptional stones were then cut and polished or carved upon arrival in India to be incorporated into the elaborate and now iconic motifs of the Mughal Empire. Beads of this size, clarity and colour are rare and whilst we do not know exactly what type of jewel this would have been a part of, it would most probably have been part of a turban ornament or 'sarpesh'. Mughal emeralds are coveted not only for their intrinsic rarity but as artefacts from a period of Indian history whose allure and decadence continue to fascinate and inspire to this day.