North India: Carved emerald, pearl, enamel and gold ring century). The Mughal emperors and other Indian princely families had a passion for precious stones and pearls. And among the stones most prized were emeralds, particularly carved emeralds.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India - The interior chamber of the Taj Mahal steps far beyond traditional decorative elements. Here, the inlay work is not pietra dura, but a lapidary of precious and semiprecious gemstones.