New Delhi: American Youtube sensation Emma Chamberlain made her place in the headlines after her Met Gala 2022 appearance, and the reason was not her outfit, but the age-old precious choker that she borrowed from a French jewellery house Cartier.
Emma wore the antique neckpiece that reportedly belonged to the Indian King of Patiala, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. The heavy-weighing choker was studded with Patiala house’s De Beer Diamond. This, a yellow-hued diamond, was the world’s seventh-largest diamond.
The choker was made in 1928, and it officially became a heirloom of the Patiala house then. The neckpiece also included five platinum chains studded with around 3,000 diamonds and it went missing in 1948 after Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s son Yadavinder Singh wore it.
Parts of the neckpiece purportedly reappeared almost 45 years later in an antique shop in London after which it was bought by Cartier and was repaired and replaced with similar-looking artificial stones.
The Patiala choker-look alike complimented Emma’s attire consisting of a crop top and white skirt that she wore to the Met Gala 2022 but failed to convince netizens altogether.
Some users slammed the YouTuber with comments claiming that the neckpiece originally belonged to the Indian Patiala King and asked to fetch it back to the country.
It is believed that if Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s choker was not stolen then and if stayed in the palace, then its original worth would have been at least $30 million.