Chamberlain, who wore Louis Vuitton to the Gala and was signed by Cartier as its brand ambassador, arrived to the Met on May 2, dripping in Cartier’s diamonds, complete with a tiara. It was, however, her choker that caught everyone’s attention. The choker belonged to the Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh which was made in 1928 after the Maharaja decided to turn his De Beers diamond, the 7th largest in the world into an heirloom choker.
While we are talking about Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe’s dress can we talk please also talk about how Emma Chamberlain literally wore Maharaja Of Patiala’s Cartier Diamond Choker pic.twitter.com/nrD6dUWS7Y
— popreset (@popreset_) May 7, 2022
The choker was commissioned to Cartier and the end result was called the Patiala Necklace, flaunting 2930 diamonds and Burmese rubies. The choker is believed to be one of the expensive pieces of jewellery made in history, evaluated to a whopping $30 million today in its original form.
However stunning the choker may have looked on Emma, netizens are taking to Twitter to express their disappointment, as the choker has “a deep and painful history attached to it”, wrote a user.
So i just found out emma chamberlain wore the maharaja of patiala’s necklace at the met gala… this is wayyy worse than kim wearing marilyn monroe’s dress. It has a deep and painful history attached to it. Very on theme, nothing screams gilded glamour quite like expropriation pic.twitter.com/XqqHwqusdU
— 🦋 (@arianaspovv) May 7, 2022
Another user wrote about the choker’s history after it disappeared from the Patiala treasury in 1948: “The height of privilege to be able to flaunt stolen goods on the global stage. Jewels stolen from Panjab resurface at the Met Gala in NY. The fate of the Maharaja of Patiala’s Cartier Diamond Choker is unknown, but it was likely sold and reacquired by Cartier at a later date.
so, news just broke out that emma chamberlain wore the maharaja of patiala’s cartier diamond choker to the met gala, and as someone both sikh and punjabi, it doesn’t sit right with me. it was stolen, “re-acquired” by cartier, sure. 
— bela lugosi (@valovife) May 7, 2022
“Thanks #cartier. Those are the jewels of the Maharaja of Patiala. That’s a piece of India’s stolen history, not a fancy piece of jewellery to lend out to celebrities. Disrespectful on so many levels,” said a tweet by another user.