GIA India Presents Unique Gift of Replicas of Famous Diamonds to Mumbai Museum
GIA India has gifted replicas of famous diamonds to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai’s well known museum. The replicas, which were presented to Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General of CSMVS by Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and Middle East on November 7, 2019, will be housed in the museum’s newly introduced jewellery gallery. Also present at the ceremony was the consultant co-curator for the jewellery gallery, Dr. Usha Balakrishnan, among other dignitaries.
The set of replicas will include a total of 16 diamonds. Of this, nine replicas – including those of the Koh-i-noor, Hope, Beau Sancy, Black Orlov, Dresden Green, Nassak, Regent, Sancy and Wittelsbach-Graff – were presented to the museum, while the other replicas will be handed over later in the year.
“The replicas will form part of the section on Golconda within CSMVS, and help educate and enthrall visitors about the contribution of India to the world of gemstones,” GIA India said announcing the gift. The diamond replicas will be open for public viewing from next year onwards.
“Diamonds have been recorded in India since fourth century BCE,” said Bhatt speaking at the event. “Traditionally, diamonds have adorned royalty and over centuries, some of these diamonds became highly coveted. GIA, the foremost authority in gemmology, has examined several of the world’s most notable diamonds, replicas of which are now being gifted to the Museum. Everyone will get to see these spectacular gemstone replicas and we are happy to showcase replicas of these famous diamonds to a larger audience.”
Dr. Balakrishnan said, “Jewellery is one of the most compelling aspects of India’s cultural heritage. The confluence of various cultures in its history has influenced jewellery design and craftsmanship. For centuries, India supplied the world with diamonds and the most fabulous diamonds from Golconda have been immortalised in history. It’s an honour to bring all of this to the new jewellery gallery at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The jewellery gallery would be incomplete without India’s legendary Golconda diamonds, and I’m thankful that GIA India is donating replicas of some famous diamonds from the region. I believe this section and the gallery will definitely attract a large number of visitors from India and around the world as it showcases and provides education on the story of Indian jewellery and beauty of adornment.”
Pic Cap: Nirupa Bhatt (rt) handing over the replicas to Sabyasachi Mukherjee