“One of the highlights of the exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is its focus on the Raj – the colonial years when the Indian princes, deprived by the British of their absolute rule, could concentrate on the decorative things in life. Pictured here is the Maharaja of Patiala, wearing a diamond and platinum parade necklace created by Cartier in 1928.”

The exhibit is being shown at the V&A in London through Jan. 17. Check it out if you can. Learn more here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/fashion/10iht-fjewels.html