The Largest-Ever Exhibit of Indian Jewelry Opens in Moscow

  • Turban ornament (sarpech); Rajasthan, 19th century; gold, diamonds, emeralds, emerald beads, pearl, enamel. Height: 13 cm, width: 16 cm; private museum, USA, Inv. No. 15723
  • Upper-arm bracelet (vanki); Tamil Nadu, 19th century; gold, ruby, emerald; height: 12.7 cm, width: 8.6 cm. Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, Inv. No. 2504–123
  • Hair ornament (jadai nagam); Karnataka, 19th century; gold; length: 53.3 cm, width. 8 cm. Private collection, USA, Inv. No. 10969
  • Hair ornament (jadai nagam); Tamil Nadu, 19th century; gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds; length: 48 cm. Private collection, USA, Inv. No. 16858
  • Marriage necklace (kaluthiru); Chettinad, 19th century; gold; height: 105 cm, width: 43.5 cm Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, Inv. No. 2504–121
  • Pendant (padakkam); Karnataka, 18th century; gold, rubies, diamonds, emeralds; height: 10 cm, width: 6.7 cm. Private museum, USA, Inv. No. 17054
  • Bangle (kada); Varanasi, early 19th century; gold, diamonds, enamel; depth: 8.3 cm. Private museum, USA, Inv. No. 15335
  • Necklace; India, Mughal dominions; diamonds: 17th century; gold mountings: late 18th-early 19th century. Gold, diamonds, emeralds, enamel; diamonds: 29.1 x 26.45 x 1.3 mm to 24.05 x 15.05 x 1.5 mm approx. Emeralds: 20.10 x 24.5 x 11.45 mm to 19.45 x 14.6 x 9.95 mm approx.; private collection
  • Upper-arm bracelet (bazuband); Deccan, 18th century; gold, spinels, diamonds, enamel Length: 9.5 cm, width: 4.5 cm; private collection.
  • Pendant; India, Mughal dominions, late 16th century; gold, baroque pearl, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, blue glass. Overall: 6.4 x 4.6 cm, pearl: 3.2 x 2.9 x 2 cm; private collection
  • Choker necklace (chintak); probably Hyderabad, late 18th-early 19th century; gold, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, enamel; height: 8 cm, width: 28 cm; the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, Inv. No. LNS 9 J
  • Wedding suite: necklace, headdress, and earrings; Munnu Kasliwal, The Gem Palace, Jaipur, 2004. Gold, silver, diamonds, pearls; length: 72 cm, width: 51 cm (necklace); length: 71 cm, width: 18 cm (headdress). Length: 27 cm, width: 5 cm (earrings); collection of The Gem Palace, Jaipur
  • Wedding suite: necklace, headdress, and earrings; Munnu Kasliwal, The Gem Palace, Jaipur, 2004. Gold, silver, diamonds, pearls; length: 72 cm, width: 51 cm (necklace); length: 71 cm, width: 18 cm (headdress). Length: 27 cm, width: 5 cm (earrings); collection of The Gem Palace, Jaipur
  • Necklace; Cartier, Paris, 1925; platinum, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds; length: 42 cm; pendant: 4.4 x 3.8 cm. Siegelson Collection, New York
  • Bayadère necklace; Chaumet, Paris, c. 1920; Joseph Chaumet; platinum, diamonds, sapphires, seed pearls Length: 52 cm, depth: 104 cm; Chaumet Collection, Paris
  • Trompe l’oeil sarpech clip; Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1924; platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds; 8 x 5.2 x 1 cm; Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, 24624
  • “Peacock” brooch; Mellerio, Paris, c. 1905; gold, diamonds, enamel; length: 12 cm; private collection
  • “Swag” necklace; Viren Bhagat; Bhagat, Mumbai, 2011; platinum, pearls, diamonds; length: 10.5 cm (pendant) Private collection

The most comprehensive exhibition of Indian jewelry ever staged has just opened at the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin in Russia. India: Jewels that Enchanted the World features more than 300 pieces of handmade jewelry—including necklaces, earrings, wrist cuffs, brooches, and turban and hair ornaments—some dating back to the 17th century. New pieces will also be presented by the renowned Indian jewelry designers Bhagat and Munnu. The exhibition, a collaboration between the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin and the Indo-Russian Jewelry Foundation, features items culled from over 30 museums, including the British Museum, Qatar’s Doha Museum of Islamic Art, Switzerland’s Musée Barbier-Mueller, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as private collections including those of the jewelry houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. The ornate designs on display highlight the use of gold, platinum, and precious gems ranging from emeralds and rubies to sapphires and diamonds. The exhibition will run just over three months, from April 12 through July 27. (http://www.kreml.ru/en-US/exhibitions)

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