What Gifts the Royal and the Rich gave their Loved Ones? June 19, 2017 – Posted in: Blog, Gift Ideas – Tags: kingsgifts
Kings and rulers were powerful people. Some of them ruled as a result of winning the battles they fought, while some were the heir to the throne right since their birth. But, being a king was not for the fainthearts. They had to be strong, unfazed and fiery and yet command respect from their people. But, deep down, kings were also emotional beings, especially, when they were with their loved ones. Some were extremely romantic and showered their wives and children with the best gifts in the world!
Giving gifts is a part of our culture. Not only in India, but across the world. Gifts symbolize status, happiness and joy. When a battle is won, visitors and well-wishers would line up with gifts to congratulate the king. When an alliance is formed, lots of gifts are exchanged between the two kingdoms. The goods, riches, palaces, and more are given as a token of love and solidarity. Occasions such as weddings, birthdays, coronation ceremonies, etc. would see plethora of gifts being shared between the royal families and their loved ones. Sometimes, gifts are given for completely different reasons too. Like what? Let’s show you some of the unique gifts that ancient kings gave to their loved ones…and the reasons why they gave them!
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
According to the legend, the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon was a gift from King Nebuchadnezzar II to his wife, Queen Amytis. It is believed that the queen was homesick, and was deeply missing the green hills and valleys of her homeland. The Hanging Gardens was an engineering marvel, having tiered layers of gardens consisting of trees, shrubs and bushes, all across the building. From a distance, the Hanging Gardens would look like a green mountain. It was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The 198-carat Orlov Diamond
Grigory Orlov, from Russia was in love with Empress Catherine the Great. However, Orlov’s enemies were trying to break their relationship and once informed the Empress about Orlov’s involvement with his 13-year old relative. This led to a rift between the two. Orlov then tried to win Catherine back by giving her one of the greatest diamonds in the world, a 198-carat diamond. The diamond later came to be called the Orlov Diamond. And by the way, the diamond failed to work its charm before the Empress.
A Fabergé egg
Around 69 jewelled eggs are created by the House of Fabergé on the occasion of Easter and these are called Fabergé eggs. Some of the most famous Fabergé eggs were made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, which they presented as Easter gifts to their wives and mothers. The first Fabergé egg was presented to Empress Marie Fedorovna as an Easter gift by Tsar Alexander II.
The Taj Mahal
Coming closer to home, we all know the eternal love story of Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal died at the age of 40 while giving birth to their 14th child. Devastated by his loss, the grieving Emperor, ordered the construction of a monument in her name, where she would be laid to rest. The construction of Taj Mahal took nearly 22 years for its completion, even with 22,000 workers and over 1,000 elephants working on the monument. It’s also said that Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangzeb, put him on house arrest in Agra fort when he became old and sick, from where the former Emperor viewed the Taj Mahal with tears in his eyes. Shah Jahan now rests with his wife, Mumtaz Mahal in the Taj Mahal.
And now, for some of the extravagant gifts that were shared in recent times. Not by the kings, but by the richest people in the world.
An apartment in Burj Khalifa
The Bollywood Star, Shilpa Shetty’s businessman husband Raj Kundra, gifted her an apartment on the 19th floor of the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa. Wow, that’s what we call a true height of achievement, really!
A jet plane
A jet plane! Yes, you heard it right. Sounds too unbelievable for a gift? Well, not when you’re one of the richest men in the world. Mukesh Ambani, gifted his wife, Nita Ambani, a Rs. 242 crore worth jet plane on her 44th birthday. The plane has bars, bath rooms, bed rooms, high-end music systems, boardrooms and everything else that the lady might need during her travels!
Yatch worth $84 million
Following closely on the steps of his elder brother, the younger Ambani sibling, Anil Ambani bought a yatch for his wife, Tina. The yatch is called Tian!
Collection of Art
The billionaire businessman, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich bought his wife an incredible collection of art from across the world. His wife, Dasha Zhukova, is an art lover and a gallery owner. The collection include a $14 million Giacometti sculpture, a group of 40 paintings by Russian artist Ilya Kabakov (priced at $30-60 million each), and works by Francis Bacon ($86 million) and Lucian Freud ($33 million).
Elizabeth Taylor received a 69.42 carat diamond from her husband, Richard Burton. This pear-shaped diamond was a gift from Richard on Taylor’s 40th birthday.
When it comes to showing our love, money just doesn’t matter. But, not everyone could buy gifts such as these, but you could definitely buy some unique gifts that would mean a lot for your loved ones. Like what? Visit our online store, AuGrav and find out what different types of personalized gift options we have for you!