Indian Jewels from the V&A (9) - This large cabochon sapphire ring is an interesting hybrid of Indian and Western jewellery design. Probably made in Calcutta circa 1850 the claw setting was first introduced to India in the late 18th century as Indian goldsmiths copied pieces worn by their new Western clients. The simple hatchwork design of the gold mount is also not typical of traditional Indian work.
Indian Jewels from the V&A (8) - This intricately enamelled makara head armlet was made in Jaipur circa 1850. The makara was a mythical water-monster often used for armlets, although variations of these included elephants heads and on rare occasion lions heads. Set with diamonds and rubies, even the tongues of the makaras are made of ruby. The enamel design is typical of the 19th century with bold red enamel poppies on a white background. (Visit the V&A). @vamuseum@christiesjewels@christiesinc#antique#diamond#ruby#enamel#armlet#indianjewels#vamuseum