“India: Jewels, conquer the world” – Gems in Russia’s Kremlin Museum


Van Cleef & Arpels Hindou clip, 1924, with platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

Russia’s Kremlin Museum honours the extravagance and originality of Indian style that influenced so much over the centuries the jewellery design in an exhibition from April 12 to July 27.

In the windows will sparkle treasures of the Indian palaces of different eras – male and female ornaments, amulets, ambassadorial gifts – as well as works of the great European jewellery houses, which at various times have come under the influence of the Indian charm, decorative sense and art.

Historians of jewelry first collected under one roof about three hundred exhibits from numerous museums and private collections in Europe, Asia and America, never before exhibited in Russia. In the past five centuries, the Indian jewelry excited the minds of Europeans, among whom were many writers and artists. Here are some of the most spectacular exhibits that will be especially interesting to see firsthand as soon as the exhibit opens.


Cartier platinum brooch, London 1935, with diamonds and an engraved emerald from the late 17th or early 18th century


Cartier, 1929


Cartier, 1935


Necklace by Cartier, 1925, composed of 50 emerald beads, totaling 517 carats, natural pearls and diamonds.


Unknown artist, circa 1610-1620


Unknown artist, circa 1870


Unknown artist, circa 1590


Platinum Cartier Tutti Frutti brooches, 1929, with diamonds, rubies and emeralds


Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, 1971, in yellow gold, diamonds and emeralds


  1. As a modern bloke with old-fashioned tastes, I don’t like any of this jewelry, except for the Cartier emerald necklace. You would have to have a female friend like a young Elizabeth Taylor or Hepburn to be certain she’d look good wearing that. But then I’m just a bloke, so what do I know?

  2. Sukanya Ramanujan

    Dazzling aren’t they. Once organised a photo exhibition on jewellery designed by Parisian fashion houses for Indian royalty

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