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Rare Indian treasures make their way to the UK once more

Posted by: Sonali Velinker Kamat on November 19, 2015

Now you may have to head to the United Kingdom to learn about some of India’s greatest jewels — and no, we’re not still harping on about the Koh-i-Noor.

Starting November 21, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will showcase a plethora of precious jewels — drawn from a single private collection — that will explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery. On display are Mughal jades, a jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan and over 100 other pieces that “reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design” during the early Twentieth century.

“The exhibition will examine the influence that India had on avant-garde European jewellery made by Cartier and other leading houses and will conclude with contemporary pieces made by JAR and Bhagat, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and Art Deco ‘Indian’ designs,” says a spokesperson for the V&A.

Titled ‘Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection,’ this exhibition is part of the V&A India Festival, curated to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the museum’s Nehru Gallery.

For any connoisseur of fine things and every admirer of bling, this is one showcase you don’t want to miss!


‘Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection’ will be on display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from 21 November, 2015 to 28 March, 2016.