Jacques Cartier made his first trip to India in 1911 and became familiar with the extravagant tastes of the maharajas. The Maharajah of Patiala, Yadavindra Singh, commissioned his iconic necklace to Cartier and it was finished in 1928. The bib-like Art Deco necklace featured five rows of diamond-encrusted platinum chains and over-sized gems. It included as its centerpiece the famous De Beers diamond, a cushion-cut pale yellow diamond weighing 234.69 carats, one of the most iconic necklaces of all times.
The Maharajah of Patiala
Jacques Cartier with Indian gemstone merchants, 1911.