I must have been the Maharaja Bhupinder of Patalia in my last reincarnation or at least one of India's maharajahs, nabobs, nizams, kunwars, rajas, ranas, srimants or princes but not a Maharani as the men all outshone their women in the bling department!
Now Moscow will host a grand show and tell exhibition of Indian jewels through the ages so if you are there from 12 April to 27 July 2014, pay RM 33 to see the jewels worn by royal or aristocratic men and women of yesteryear.
Karnataka hair ornament
Tamil Nadu hair ornament
Bangle shaped as 2 elephants
Scented water vessel
Diamond and emerald necklace
Diamond and emerald necklace
Wedding suite head dress
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patalia wearing the fable 3 kg necklace made by Cartier in 1928 with the world's 7th biggest diamond called De Beers weighing 234 carats. In addition there were 2,930 smaller diamonds and Burmese rubies!
12 April to 27 July 2014
Lenders to the exhibition include the al-Sabah Collection, the
British Museum, the Doha Museum of Islamic Art, the Khalili
Collection, the Musée Barbier-Mueller, and the Vict and oria
as well as the w Albert Museum orld’s greatest
jewellery houses such as Cartier, Chaumet, Mauboussin and Van Cleef &
Arpels. The 21st century is represented by two of India’s
leading jewellery houses – Munnu Kasliwal’s creations f or
The Gem Palace and Bhagat – both famous f or
their exquisite designs, fine craftsmanship and consummate glamour.
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of
Cartier Archives Patiala
Exhibition title: India: Jewels that Enchanted the World
Exhibition dates: 12 April to 27 July 2014
Location: The State Museums of Moscow Kremlin, www.kreml.ru/en
Summary: The State Museums of Moscow Kremlin together with the Indo-Russian Jewellery Foundation will stage India: Jewels that Enchanted the World in The Belfry and the One-Pillar Hall. Visitors will be taken on a journey that explores the splendours of India: mysterious amulets from the temples of Tamil Nadu, Kundan Mina enamels from Rajasthan, whimsical Place Vendôme creations for Indian princes, as well as exciting jewellery by India’s leading contemporary designers. The exhibition is a tapestry of fairy tales, stories of royal rivalries and intrigues, all told against a background of the colourful fabrics, and the smells and sounds of India’s bazaars.
This is the first time that the remarkable story of four centuries of Indian jewellery history is shown in a single comprehensive exhibition. Symbolically it will be presented in the capital of Russia, Moscow, where the East continues to interact with the West.
Opening hours: Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Thursdays
Admission: RM 33
Organised by: The State Museums of Moscow Kremlin and the Indo-Russian Jewellery Foundation
Curators: Ekaterina Shcherbina, Chief Curator, and Dr Usha R. Balakrishnan, Guest Curator
Catalogue: The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue published by the Indo- Russian Jewellery Foundation: 260 x 340 mm; 428 pages; 430 colour illustrations; hardback.
English edition: ISBN 978-0-9928404-1-9; price: £170, €200, $270
Russian edition: ISBN 978-0-9928404-0-2
To order, contact: www.irjf.org
Related events: There will be a series of educational and cultural programmes.