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Objects in the European Decorative Arts and Sculpture collection at the Legion of Honor reflect the distinct history of how East Asian art has influenced European decorative arts and interiors.
By Thomas Wu
Rulers across India and Europe used jewelry to underscore their status.
By Martin Chapman
Until the 1730s, most of the world’s diamonds were sourced from India.
Mughal emperors and later Indian rulers wore turban ornaments as a sign of their rank.
Jacques Cartier was impressed with the splendor of jewels adorning Indian royalty.