Tag: Princie

The lost world

The lost world By William Dalrymple The rulers of Hyderabad, once the richest people in the world, were ruined by politics and family feuds. Now their cultural heritage is being restored. Sixty years ago, four months after British rule had come to an end in India, the Nizam of Hyderabad, then the richest man in the world, was still refusing… Read more →

All That Glistened

“ALL THAT GLISTENED” By William Dalrymple The Sunday Times (London) – November 15, 1998 Hyderabad was India’s Shangri-la, a land of palaces and harems ruled by a mad and monied despot. WILLIAM DALRYMPLE uncovers its diamond-studded, djinn-soaked past “Fibs,” said Mir Moazam Hussain. “That’s what every one of your generation thinks I’m telling, at least when I talk about Hyderabad in… Read more →

The treasure trove of the Nizams

Hyderabad was the largest princely state before it was merged into the Indian union in 1948 by Operation Polo. For nearly three centuries, Hyderabad State was ruled by the Nizams, who carved their kingdom in South India from the ruins of the Mughal Empire. In seven generations, the Nizams amassed such wealth that the last Nizam was titled as the… Read more →

Hyderabad Nizam’s pink diamond sells for record $39 million

An extraordinary 34-carat ‘Princie’ diamond from the mines of Golconda in South India, once owned by the world’s richest man – the last Nizam of Hyderabad – has sold for a record USD 39 million at an auction here. The diamond – a 34.65-carat Fancy Intense Pink cushion-cut sparkler – was purchased by an anonymous collector bidding by phone. It… Read more →