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NANDAN VAN

This, folks, comes with a graphic. This gets the suspense out of
the way. And so…on to Nandan Van–The Emerald Chandelier.
Nandan Van is easily the quintessence of Indian art and
craftsmanship. It contains 50,000 carats of faceted Emerald beads
which were taken from the Emerald mines at Camakanga in Zambia,
Africa.

Next stop…Jaipur, India, where the stones were cut and polished
and then assembled into the model you will all soon see. Nandan
Van…it means The Verdant Forest. It’s an elfin delight. Light
shimmers through the drippings of Emerald beads as the
chandelier slowly rotates in an airy room and all that’s missing
when viewing this is Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum
Fairies.

In order to exhibit this work of art, the original design of 18
kilograms of 18 Karat gold has been substituted with silver
which was subsequently plated, and the 700 original carats of
diamonds have been substituted with cubic zirconia of equal
sizes and weights.

There are those who feel that one day, Nandan Van may well join
the list of man-made wonders such as the Taj Mahal and the
Cathedral at Notre Dame. It is presently privately owned, and I
have had the pleasure of seeing it. Let me tell you, it’s a
sight. It hangs in a corner in elegant surroundings, and reaches
from the top of an eight foot ceiling to what I estimate to be
about five feet off the floor.

Nandan Van…our chandelier…represents unbridled wealth.
Anyone out there have any idea of how much money unbridled
wealth consists of? I don’t remember how many millions of
dollars our little trinket was worth. I was told…and though I
don’t remember, I seem to have about five million bucks stuck in
memory. But it ain’t necessarily so. Could be more, folks.

And so now…for that grand moment. That quick dash to my home
page, that quick scroll down the table menu to where it says
Tidbit Graphics…Nandan Van…and then click…and shh…you
hear that music in the background? It’s Petr Ilich…doing his
Nutcracker. Nice…no?

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark

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