Jadanagam, “cobra”, a Sanskrit word that, in the world of Indian jewelry art indicated the ornament that was worn on the head to cover a long braid. A sort of abstract representation of a hooded snake which, for Hindus, was a sign of fertility. Until last June, this exquisite, 19th-century piece was part of the Al Thani Collection, which boasted more than 400 jewelry items from various eras. The new anonymous owner bought it at the Maharajas & Mughal Magni cence auction held at Christie’s in New York. Priced at between 120 and 180.000$, it went for 175.000 $.
About 12 inces long, the Jadanagam can be divided into four different sections to be used as pendants or brooches. The topmost part represents the head of a hooded cobra, from which its Sanskrit name derives.
Rose-cut diamonds, rectangular and round rubies, natural pearls, silver and gold make up a ramage of leaves and berries in an extremely natural pattern that sways as the head moves.