The Nizams were the princely rulers of Hyderabad. For seven generations and over 220 years their family dynasty ruled central India. They helped usher in the industrial revolution. They constructed ornate palaces and public buildings. And of course, they amassed a fortune in precious gems. But while their legendary collection was among the largest in the world, it was likely the tiniest "jewel" that they valued most.
Seed pearls were a staple of Indian royalty for centuries. The small (usually no bigger than 2mm) saltwater pearls were collected from rich oyster deposits in the Red Sea and used as lavish decoration for the royalty’s luxury lifestyle. Our Nizam Collection was inspired by some of the remarkable pieces found among the rulers’ massive collection, now considered a national treasure.
The Nizam 18" Necklace features strands of lustrous antique white glass beads interspersed with gold-finished filigree beads, decorative spacers and bands of genuine cultured seed pearls. Long ago, the Indian royalty insisted that every row of tiny pearls be strung with horsehair (we use professional-grade jeweler’s thread).
This is one small indulgence that makes a huge impression!