1910-1930 :
The Indian Style

With steamships offering a faster mode of travel, Indian princes developed a taste for the pleasures of Europe.
They were great collectors of jewelry and brought their pieces set with gemstones to the Place Vendôme to have them re-set in light, supple platinum settings.
The most magnificent stones were primarily reserved for men, as indicated in the famous pair of pear-cut diamonds Chaumet purchased in 1911 for the maharaja of Indore.

Seed pearl, diamond and sapphire bayadère inspired by Hindu dancers, Joseph Chaumet, circa 1920. Collection Chaumet Paris.

Portrait of the maharadja of Indore, faithful customer of... Chaumet.

Drawing of an emerald and diamond maharadja necklace,... Joseph Chaumet, circa 1920. Collection Chaumet Paris.