Jewelry traditions from the Indian subcontinent, which are known for their grandeur and opulence, will be exhibited in the V&A museum in London in November. It is going to be a large scale historical exhibition, titled, “Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection”, where more than 100 jewelry objects from the subcontinent will be put up for exhibition. Interestingly, all the jewelry objects are being drawn from a single private collection.
The exhibition will showcase a wide variety of precious stones, especially from what was collected by the Mughal Emperors in the 17th Century, and were also used in royal ceremonies. The purpose of the exhibition is to show the influence of Indian jewelry on the European jewelry designs in the early 20th Century. The show will also display contemporary Indian pieces which have primarily Indian themes and have been designed by modern masters.
According to sources in the V&A Museum, the highlight of the exhibition is an Indian turban jewel that was made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar which is set with large diamonds. Several other unmounted precious stones, such as the Golconda diamond, will be displayed at the exhibition. A Mughal jade, used in a jade-hilted dagger used by Shah Jahan will also be displayed.