Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia —
Two pairs glasses from 17th century expected to sell millions of dollars at the event auction Sotheby’s next month.
These gem-encrusted lenses made of diamonds and emeralds are believed to have originally belonged to royalty in the Mughal Empire, which once ruled the Indian subcontinent.
Before being auctioned in October, these glasses will be exhibited to the public by traveling to New York, Hong Kong, and London.
According to Sotheby’s Middle East and India boss, Edward Gibbs, glasses are a very rare example of Mughal jewelry craft.
“As far as we know, there’s nothing like this anymore,” he told TOPNews.
The rarity of these glasses also has to do with the size of their gem lenses. The lenses in one pair of glasses, known as the “Halo of Light”, are believed to have been sculpted from a 200-carat diamond found in Golconda, a region in the present-day states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India.
Sotheby’s even estimates the real diamond may be the largest ever found.
The 17th-century glasses, dubbed the “Halo of Light,” are believed to have been carved from 200-carat diamonds. (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
The other pair of glasses, dubbed the “Gate of Paradise,” is believed to have been sculpted from a Colombian emerald weighing more than 300 carats.
The size of the original stone hints at the identity of the glasses’ first owner, with Gibbs speculating that they “could only be owned” by an emperor, his inner circle, or a high-ranking courtier.
Green is also a color closely associated with heaven, salvation and eternal life in Islam, the religion believed by the Mughal rulers.
The 17th-century glasses, dubbed the “Gate of Paradise,” are believed to have been sculpted from a Colombian emerald weighing over 300 carats. (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Sotheby’s estimates that the two pairs of glasses will sell for between US$2.1 million and US$3.5 million each, or around Rp29.8 billion to Rp48.9 billion.
Even though these glasses may be centuries old, their sparkling frames look very trendy. Members of the hip-hop group Migos were briefly known for their diamond-studded Cartier glasses, while Kylie Jenner was spotted wearing opaque diamond-studded glasses to the Met Gala and on social media.
“The appeal of jewellery, bright stones, and shiny things has remained through the ages, hasn’t it?” Gibbs said.
“Today’s pop culture and celebrities embracing this fashion is a testament to the timeless style and power of Indian jewellery.”
The glasses will be on display at Sotheby’s New York showroom on September 17-19.