Jaipur Mumtaz Miniature Painting Necklace, Taj Mahal Mughal Queen Historical Necklace

This necklace features a miniature painting of Mumtaz Mahal encased in a Sterling Silver pendant. The miniature has been painted by an artist based in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Mumtaz Mahal was the beautiful Mughal Empress of Emperor Shah Jahan in whose memory stands the manmade wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal.
It is believed that after her death, Shah Jahan commissioned the Taj Mahal to be built as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal. She is the reason, the Taj is seen as an embodiment of undying love and marital devotion. English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold describes it as "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones."

An interesting fact about the Taj: Since Muslim tradition forbids elaborate decorations on graves, the bodies of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan are placed in a relatively plain crypt beneath the inner chamber with their faces turned right and towards Mecca.

I used yellow crystal and purple glass disc beads to bring out the colors in the miniature painting. The pendant is in Sterling Silver (the back side has the new designer 92.5 stamp) and the hook clasp is a handmade Bali silver clasp. The metal beads used through the length of the necklace are a combination of silver plated zinc and Bali silver beads.

This is a sweet, elegant and no-fuss necklace for everyday wear. The necklace measures approx. 20 inches from end to end.

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