Thursday, March 13, 2014

'India: Jewels that Enchanted the World'

Late 16th century gold pendant from India featuring a baroque pearl, rubies, diamonds, emeralds and blue glass.
A new exhibition celebrating five centuries of Indian jewellery opens at The State Museums of Moscow Kremlin next month.

Running from 12 April to 27 July 2014, the exhibits are on loan from more than 30 museums, institutions and private collections around the world, including the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert museum, as well as jewellery houses such as Cartier, Chaumet, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Visitors are taken on a journey from the 17th century to the present day, via a tapestry of fairy tales and stories of royal rivalries and intrigue, all set against a backdrop of exquisite jewels.

Late 19th century spectacles, known as Astaneh-ye-ferdaws (Gate of Paradise), featuring Mughal gems, gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds.
The five gems most commonly used in Indian jewellery - diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls - are highlighted in a separate section, which also features the elaborate gem-set jewels created for the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Necklace and earrings from a Munnu Kasliwal wedding suite in gold, featuring silver, diamonds and pearls.

Van Cleef & Arpels Trompe l’oeil sarpech platinum clip from 1924 featuring diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection.

Cartier necklace dating from 1925 in platinum, featuring diamonds, sapphires and emeralds.

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