As part of the India Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum have announced an exhibition titled Bejewelled Treasures , featuring over 100 pieces that are from or inspired by Indian jewellery traditions.
All of the pieces that have been selected for the display have been taken from one single collection: The Al Thani Collection. The exhibition will be showcasing some of the finest examples of precious stones that were collected by the Mughal Emperors in the 17th century and objects used in royal ceremonies.
It will reveal the importance of the influence of India on jewellery made in European houses in the 20th century while displaying contemporary pieces with an Indian theme made by modern masters.
Some of the highlights from the exhibition are set to include an Indian turban jewel that was made for the Maharaja of Nawangar in 1907, precious stones including a Golconda diamond given to Queen Charlotte by the Narwab of Arcot, South India in 1767 and Mughal jades.
Director of the V&A, Martin Roth said: “This is a fascinating insight into a great private collection that includes extraordinary precious stones,both unmounted and set in jewellery.”
The Al Thani Collection is known for the quality and size of its precious stones in all forms. It reflects India’s position over the years as a market for precious stones internationally – including diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
This exhibition will also feature three loans from the Royal collection, lent by Her Majesty the Queen including a jewelled bird from the gold canopy of Tipu Sultan’s throne.
Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani commented: “The jewelled arts of India have fascinated me from an early age and I have been fortunate to be able to assemble a meaningful collection that spans from Mughal period to the present day.”
The display will be arranged in sections that will show visitors the changing and developing styles and techniques used.
Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection will be on display from 21st November 2015 – 28th March 2016. Entrance to the exhibition will cost £10 (concessions available) and tickets will go on sale next month.