Coming soon: Bejewelled Treasures at the V&A

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By Rachael Taylor |

A feast for the eyes awaits this November when historic Indian jewellery and extravagant emerald gems from the Al Thani collection go on display at the V&A. 

“There is no place on Earth where they do gem studding better than here,” wrote Persian ambassador Abd ur-Razzaq Samarqandi during a trip to India in 1442. The splendour of Indian jewellery and abundance of coloured gemstones at the local bazaars had captured his imagination, and it is about to do so again but for a whole new audience when Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection opens at the V&A later this month.

There are more than 100 objects to be discovered within the exhibition: fascinating examples of historic Indian gems, extravagant emerald jewellery and other unusual bejewelled trinkets. The majority comes from the private collection of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Thani, with some on loan from other collectors such as Queen Elizabeth II. …read more at thejewelleryeditor.com

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Arcot II diamond, circa 1760, modified in 1959 and 2011 in India. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
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Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, from the Mughal Empire. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Diamond turban jewel made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar in 1907; remodelled in 1935. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Dagger with jade hilt, circa 1629-36, from the Mughal Empire. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Ceremonial sword with jewelled gold hilt, circa 1880-1900, from Hyderabad, South India. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Silk sword sash with jewelled gold fittings, circa 1900, India. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Cartier brooch set with emeralds, sapphires and diamonds, circa 1922. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Gold and diamond hair ornament, circa 1900. The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited 2014. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection, sponsored by Wartski, runs from 21 November 2015 to 28 March 2016 at the V&A Museum in London.

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