India: Jewels that Enchanted the World
Written by Oryx
State Museums of Moscow
Begins April 12
Examining the legacy of Indian jewellery dating to the 17th century, this comprehensive exhibition for the first time brings together more than 300 pieces generously loaned from museums, institutions, and private collections from around the world to showcase the beauty of Indian craftsmanship, the magnificence of gemstone setting, and the aesthetic refinement of Indian taste. The joint undertaking of Moscow State Kremlin Museums, headed by Dr Elena Gagarina, and the Indo-Russian Jewellery Foundation, founded by diamond and jewellery connoisseur Alex Popov, the exhibition will run through to July 27 and celebrates 500 years of jewellery and jewelled objects through a tapestry of fairy tales and stories of royal rivalries and intrigues, all told against a background of colourful fabrics, and the smells and sounds of India’s bazaars. Dr Gagarina and Alex Popov brought together scholars and enthusiasts from India, the UK, Switzerland, and the USA to realise this ambitious project, which features many items never exhibited previously.
Cartier, Paris, 1925; platinum, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds. Siegelson Collection, New York
Trompe l’oeil sarpech clip
Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1924; platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection
India, Mughal dominions, late 16th century; gold, baroque pearl, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, blue glass.
Tutti Frutti bracelet-watch
Cartier, Paris, 1929; platinum, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies. Cartier Collection