The Taj Mahal, an Indian architectural masterpiece from the 17th century, pays homage to the eternal love between the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Legend has it that on her deathbed the queen asked her beloved emperor to build a monument whose perfect proportions would be the symbol of their passion. The construction of the mausoleum, which began in 1632, lasted 22 years and ended in 1654. Among the 20,000 people who took part in it there are also numerous craftsmen from Europe and Central Asia. The Taj Mahal was built using materials from all over India and Asia such as white marble, jade, crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphires, in all 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones.
In 2002 S.T. Dupont drew inspiration from this legendary love story to create this exceptional lighter using the rarest and most refined materials such as platinum, mother of pearl, Chinese lacquer and precious stones. Only 2000 pieces of this splendid lighter were produced and the specimen in question weighs 120.89 grams and measures 62x37x10 millimeters. Of course, the lighter is guaranteed original from the factory and free from defects. For safety reasons, it will be shipped inside its box without fuel included.