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You will be surprised that every year or two popular auction houses in England and America conduct auctions with lots of publicity on age-old artefacts, precious colored-stones, diamonds, etc from India for fabulous prices. As we all know, only the rich and famous will normally attend such auctions and buy them as if they were buying some grocery items in a supermarket. They have the money power and willingness to do it to add give an extra zing to their affluence. When they buy such costly, coveted items, ordinary folks who, are preoccupied with recession, layoffs, struggling job prospects, uncertain real estate market, etc can watch these grand auctions with their jaws dropped.
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Christie’s earlier auction included certain diamonds well-known for their transparency such as the Evening Star, a well-known pear-shaped cut stone- one of the significant features of the Golconda diamonds. In the diamond trade, it is widely accepted that all diamonds displaying this special luminousness are of Indian origin.
Yet another special feature at the auction is the display of flawless large Portrait diamonds that are rare to find. These shallow and flat diamonds from the Qutb Shai period were used as studs in portraits. They are expected to fetch between $500,000 to $1 million.
India's Golconda is associated with the finest ancient diamonds in the world that include Daria-i-Noor, Noor-ul-Ain, Koh-i- Noor, Hope Diamond, Princie Diamond, RegentDiamond, Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond, etc. As you may be aware, the Koh-i-Noor forms part of the British Crown Jewels. It was looted by the British from the Maharajah of Punjab; so was the largest ruby from the same royal family of Punjab.
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Sultan Quli assumed virtual independence in the 16th century after the fall of Bahmini kingdom. He founded the Qutb Shahi dynasty that lasted from 1518 right upto 1687, when Aurangzeb’s armies took over the Deccan. Qutb Shahi dynasty spanned 171 years in the history of South India and the eight kings of this royal lineage ruled the land well and left a lasting impression their strong personalities upon the land and its people. They were great builders and patrons of learning. An interesting feature is though they patronized the Persian culture, they valued the the regional culture of the Deccan, and respected the aspirations of the Telugu people and their language.