|The Taj Mahal Diamond with Gold and Rubies chord designed by Cartier. Photo courtesy : Christie's|
Taj Mahal Diamond is inscribed with the name Nur Jahan, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahangir. This heart-shaped Diamond is believed to have been a gift from the ruler to his son, who became the great emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666). At the age of 35, it is believed that the young prince presented the Diamond to his favorite and most beloved wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal. The emperor’s grief at her death just four years later was legendary – in her memory he commissioned the majestic Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world.
Burton purchased the Diamond for a reported cost of £350,000 . Burton famously remarked of the gift, "I would have liked to buy her the Taj Mahal but it would cost too much to transport."
|Elizabeth Taylor wearing the Taj Mahal Diamond.|
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