Beginning in the 18th century and lasting until 1947, Great Britain ruled over India. During this time, Maharajas, meaning “Great Ruler”, enjoyed unparalleled opulence and magnificent lifestyles, the likes of which will never be seen again.’ Among the largest and wealthiest kingdoms in India during that time was the Royal House of Patiala, located about 150 km north of the capital, Delhi. The kingdom had a formidable reputation for its jewelry collection, including commissioned pieces by European high jewelry houses such as Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Garrards of London. With the 8th king, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, dreams of decadent adornment met their grandest buyer. Known as “the Maharaja’s Maharaja” for his imposing presence and extravagant lifestyle, in 1928 His Highness ordered the largest single commissioned piece of jewelry executed by Cartier, known as “The Patiala Necklace”. This stunning Art Deco styled bib-collar necklace is likely the most notable piece of jewelry ever created, with over 962 carats of total weight, centered on the 234 carat fancy yellow DeBeers Diamond, the 7th largest in the world.
Born into the Royal House of Patiala, Sandra Singh developed a love for unique jewelry at a young age as her grandmother passed down several pieces, including some notable rubies, from the Patiala collection. Designer Sandra Singh strives to capture the power, charm and boldness of this by-gone era in her jewelry collections today, basing fresh new designs on original Patiala family jewelry.
Sandra Singh’s jewelry is featured on QVC’s ARTISAN CRAFTED JEWELRY SERIES, QVC UK, QVC Germany, QVC Italy, TVSN Australia and New Zealand, North Carolina’s OUR STATE Magazine as well as numerous retail stores.
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