Five centuries of Indian jewellery will be exhibited in Moscow. This exhibition will celebrate the enchanting history of India’s jewellery craft from 17th century to the present day featuring objects from over 30 museums, private collections and institutions across the world. There will be 300 pieces of jewellery in total.
Museums lending their objects include the Khalili Collection, the Musee Barbier-Mueller, the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as Jewellery houses such as Chaumet, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels. The exhibition has been organised by Alex Popov and Dr Gagarina who brought together a range of experts and enthusiasts from India to help towards the completion of the project.
The pieces come from all over India for example jewellery of the Mughal courts as well as temple jewels from South India. There will be gems, enamels and various other jewels created for the Nizams of Hyderabad. There will also be representations of the influences between Europe and India. A rich narrative will explain the significance of the five gems of India, emeralds, rubies, pearls, sapphires and diamonds.
The story of jewellery in India will be told alongside the colourful fabrics and sounds incorporated in India’s rich culture.