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Maharajah's sword cuts a dash in show.

A LAVISHLY-DECORATED sword and scabbard presented to Edward VII by an Indian Maharajah to mark his coronation will be one of the star attractions of an exhibition of royal diamonds.

Set with 719 diamonds and weighing a total of 2,000 carats the ceremonial weapon was a gift in 1902 from Sawai Sir Madho Singh Bahadur, Maharajah of Jaipur.

The sword is part of a dazzling exhibition of royal gems being staged to mark the Queen's 60-year reign, and featuring jewellery made from the world's largest diamond.

The major display, organised by the Royal Collection, will reunite for the first time seven of the nine principal stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond.

The gems are set in brooches, a ring and a necklace, many of which have been worn by the Queen throughout her reign, with the remaining two stones forming part of the Crown Jewels.

The exhibition, which will be the focal point of Buckingham Palace's 2012 summer opening, will also include a display of some of the Sovereign's personal jewels.

The weapon and its scabbard are made of gold, enamelled in blue, green and red and set with rose-cut, brilliant-cut and Indian lasque stones - flat, unfaceted diamonds - which vary in colour from white to yellow and are set in a stylised design of lotus flowers and leaves.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 24, 2012
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