23 January 2017

Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace

The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace, photographed in 2007 during the Buckingham Palace Summer Exhibition [Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

One of the grandest pieces of royal jewelry worn so far by the Duchess of Cambridge is the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace. The Queen loaned the necklace, which was one of her wedding gifts in 1947, to Kate for a reception at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014. Today, I've got some interesting close-up views of the necklace, which was made by Cartier. The intricate design of this piece can sometimes get lost, but these closer shots show just how complicated and interesting the necklace's setting really is. Enjoy!

The necklace's central element [Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

The upper portion of the detachable pendant [Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

Both of the necklace's detachable pendants; note the large pear-shaped diamond in the lower pendant section [SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images]

An elaborate section of the necklace's chain [SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images]

A view of the necklace's open-backed collet chain and clasp [SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images]

A look at the complete necklace [SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images]