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Al Thani exhibition in London explores the luxe of Indian jewelry design in the 20th century

Rare jewels from a single private collection are used to explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewelry during the early 20th century.

Showpiece of the Bejeweled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection part of the VA India Festival

Spectacular objects, drawn from a single private collection, will explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jeweler. Highlights will include Mughal jades, a rare jeweled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, and pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jeweler design during the early 20th century.

10 carot diamond
2 carot carved emerald

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.

Part of the V&A India Festival

This autumn the V&A will present a series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives that will explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia, both past and present. The India Festival will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.


21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
Cromwell Road, London
SW7 sRL, UK

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