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6. 22Kt gold Mango Mala necklace from India
India
19th c.
22K gold, Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies
22Kt gold Mango Mala necklace from India
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A classic, 22K South Indian gold Mango Mala necklace from the Tamil Nadu region (South India), studded with rubies, emeralds, diamonds. This type of necklace only the most wealthy merchants or royal families could afford. It weights almost 3 lbs, and it was only worn on very special occasions, like weddings and religious festivals.

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