Ever Wondered What Jewels Lie Behind The Qatari Royal Family Vault?

Jewellery

April 7, 2017 | BY AFP

From rare 42.92 carat diamonds to 17th-century India necklaces.

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The Al Thani Collection is a private collection of exceptional Indian and Indian-inspired gems and jewellery spanning four hundred years, from the Mughal period to the present-day. Assembled with passion and a deep understanding of the subject by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, together, the precious stones, jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades represent the most comprehensive collection of its kind. Here is a glimpse of the collection. 


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Cartier London, 1937. Platinum and diamonds. Brooch: H. 12.7 cm; W. 6 cm; Weight of the Tiger Eye diamond: 61.50 ct. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


couronne_bd.1e938123525.original.jpgNepal, circa 1900. Canvas, pearls, coloured glass, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, silver (insignia) bird-of-paradise feathers. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


emeraude_shah_j.bc286121851.original.jpgNorthern India or Deccan, dated 1031 AH (1621-1622) Inscription in Persian: Shihab al-din Muhammad Shah Jahan Ghazi Emperor 1031 © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


collier_spinell.ecb9b122013.original.jpgNorthern India, 1600-1650 Spinels, pearls, modern cord. Imperial inscriptions in Persian dated 1609 and 1635 on four spinels. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


pendentif_bd.0ee27122821.original.jpgIndia, circa. 1575-1625. Gold, pearls, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, glass, coloured and lacquered emeralds. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


ornement_turban.bcb89123740.original.jpgIndia, circa 1900 (turban ornament); Paris, 2012 (Cartier clip). Gold, silver, emeralds, diamonds, pearls. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


ornement_de_tur.ed68a122957.original.jpgNorthern India, 1875-1900 ; 1639-1640 (two spinels). Gold, diamonds, rubies, spinels. Inscriptions in Persian on spinels: 12 Shah Jahan-i Jahangir Shah 1049. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


collier_de_rubi.dbe21124319.original.jpgCartier, 1937. Platinum, rubies, diamonds.© The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


arcot_ii_bd.714ee122200.original.jpgThe ‘Arcot II’ diamond, 1760. Modified 1959 and 2011. India. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


aigrette_paon_bd.99379124106.original.jpgMellerio dits Meller. Paris, 1905. Gold, platinum, diamonds, enamelled reverse. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


bracelet_bd.c5cc0123203.original.jpgJaipur, 1750-1800. Gold, rubies, diamonds, enamelled reverse. © The Al Thani Collection. Tous droits réservés. Photo Laziz Hamani


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"From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani collection," showing until June 5 at the French capital's Grand Palais, explores the evolution of taste and technique in India's jewelled arts over five centuries.

The exhibition shimmers and sparkles with exceptional gemstones, jade, rock crystal and enamel, as well as Imperial jewellery and contemporary creations, showcased in a magical décor inspired by the refinery of Indian culture.Over 270 spectacular treasures from the Al Thani collection—the private collection of the Qatari royal family—are on show at the Grand Palais in Paris, in an exhibition exploring the history of Indian jewellery from the era of the great Mughals to the present day. Visitors can catch sight of some exceptional jewels, all steeped in history, while also exploring the links between major European jewellers, such as Cartier, and India..

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Over 270 spectacular treasures from the Al Thani collection—the private collection of the Qatari royal family—are on show at the Grand Palais in Paris, in an exhibition exploring the history of Indian jewellery from the era of the great Mughals to the present day. Visitors can catch sight of some exceptional jewels, all steeped in history, while also exploring the links between major European jewellers, such as Cartier, and India.After New York and London, the.

After New York and London, the the Al Thani collection has brought its exceptional craftsmanship, opulence, colour, luxury and creativity to Paris'. From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani collection" runs March 29 to June 5, 2017, at Le Grand Palais, Paris, France..

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