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From 21rst November 2015 until 28th March 2016, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London showcases over one hundred exceptional jewels from the Al Thani Collection.
The pieces range in date from the early 17th century to the present day, and were made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India.
These bejewelled treasures highlight the exceptional skills of goldsmiths within the Indian subcontinent include spectacular precious stones, jades made for Mughal emperors and a gold tiger-head finial from the throne of the South Indian ruler Tipu Sultan.
Walking through the collection show the influence of Western techniques and gem cutting on the work of Indian jewellers. Although jewels from leading European houses such as Cartier displayed in this exhibition reveal the significant impact of India on Art Deco jewellery in the early 20th century. More recent pieces by jewellers such as JAR and Bhagat also demonstrate that India continue to inspire contemporary jewellery design in India and Europe.
V&A South Kensington – Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
From 21rst November 2015 until 28th March 2016
Tickets cost £10