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  Stolen items
Legends abound concerning items originally attached to the Taj Mahal which were stolen. Some original items have been removed over time, but many are mere legends only. These legends include:

Gold leaf, supposed to have covered all or part of the dome. 
A golden railing supposed to have circled the cenotaphs (suggested perhaps by a temporary enamel railing that was replaced after completion of the marble jali) 
Diamonds supposedly inlaid in the cenotaphs 
A blanket woven of pearls supposedly covering Mumtaz's cenotaph 
Numerous items from the Taj Mahal have gone missing however; these include the following

An entrance door of carved jasper 
Gold leaf that adorned the cast iron joints of the jali screen around the cenotaphs 
Numerous rich carpets that covered the interior of the tomb 
Enamelled lamps from the interior of the tomb 

Taj Mahal tomb
The work done on this tomb is by very precious stones. 
There is a closeup of the central circle in the following photograph 
given below and in the third photograph you will find more closeup.

Taj Mahal tomb work

Taj Mahal tomb work
Red sandstone was brought from Fatehpur Sikri, Jasper from Punjab, Jade and Crystal from China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire from Sri Lanka, Coal & Comelian from Arabia and Diamonds from Panna. In all 28 kind of rare, semi precious and precious stones were used for inlay work in the Taj Mahal.
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