After traveling throughout Europe and the Orient for over fifty years, the French dealer Tavernier came back to Paris in 1668. His chests contain hundreds of diamonds, pure masterpieces of Indo-Mughal lapidary Art of the 17th century. Over time, these diamonds would be re-cut, lost, forgotten or stolen. What did these legendary stones look like?To answer this question, L’ÉCOLE – the SCHOOL of Jewelry Arts and the National Museum of Natural History (Paris), reproduced the twenty most beautiful diamonds, purchased by Louis XIV from Tavernier, from the famous mine of Golconda in India. These replicas, presented for the first time, cut in zirconia, reveal the lost splendor of imperial India.
François Farges, Mineralogist, Professor at the National Museum of Natural History, honorary Member of the University Institute of France and of Stanford University
Marie-Laure Cassius-Duranton, Gemologist, Art Historian, Professor at L'Ecole, The School of Jewelry Arts, and at the Laboratoire Français de Gemmologie
© Collections royales de Suède, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (cliché : Linn Ahlgren).