On the birthday of Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb, ruler of the legendary and wealthy India, the princes of his empire brought him splendid gifts. Dresden artist Johan Melchior Dinglinger, who worked between 1701 and 1708, depicted the scene for his European patrons, and the result is one of the most popular pieces in the Neue Grünen Gewölbe (New Green Vault) at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. This masterpiece of European jewellery comprises 4,909 diamonds, 160 rubies, 164 emeralds, a sapphire, 16 pearls and 2 cameos. In addition to this monumental piece, the collection presents over 1,000 priceless exhibits dating from three centuries of history, presented to perfection in glare-free high-tech cases. Highlights include a cherry stone with 185 facets, a masterpiece of micro-carving, and a hat clasp with the only green diamond found in nature, one of the most valuable and rarest gemstones in the world.
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