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Royal diamonds show past glory of Nizam treasury

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Feb '06
Jewels of Nizam, the former ruler of Hyderabad, are fascinating a host of visitors from the country and beyond.

People are rushing to Salar Jung Museum for a glance of this priceless treasure, which is believed to be the largest and richest collection of jewels in the world.

Once housed in the royal palace of the last Nizam of Muslim state, the jewels speak of glory from 18th century to the early 20th century.

One of the rarest collections of world, the jewellery include necklaces studded with emeralds and pearls, turban ornaments, scabbards with precious stones; all worth more than two billion rupees (over $90 milllion).

The 173-piece collection opened in January and is to end by the end of February.

A N Reddy, Director In-charge, Salar Jung Museum said that the response so far, has been overwhelming with 60,000 visitors across the country and 600 foreigners visiting the exhibition.


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