Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum


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Catch a glimpse of some rarely seen precious jewels from the Indian subcontinent with Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection at the V&A.

Showcasing an astounding array of precious stones, the treasures here are from one unique collection. The 100 or so objects on display include some truly magnificent precious stones similar to those that were collected by the Mughal Emperors of the 17th century.

Looking to demonstrate the influence that India had on the design of jewellery worldwide, many parallels can be drawn between the treasures on display here and those made by the leading European houses of the 20th century.

With items that are especially noteworthy for the size and the quality of the precious stones, highlights include a Golconda diamond that was given to Queen Charlotte by the Nawab of Arcot in 1767. There's also an Indian turban jewel made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar as well as a jade-hilted dagger that belonged to the 17th century emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Venue Details & Map

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.

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