Exotic Oriental jewellery was described in some detail in the letters and reminicences of travellers in India. The almost unbelievable splendour of the jewels worn by the Rajahs and their households, where even the small children could barely stand up under the weight of the jewel-encrusted clothes worn for state occassions, never failed to amaze European women. . . . But on the whole, Indian jewellery in its original form was for many years regarded as a curiosity. . . . The rich appearance of Indian jewellery, which was achieved by setting precious stones which were sometimes cut almost as thin as paper, pearls and turquoises in dense clusters on to the gold background embellished with coloured enamels, created a sen- sation at the Great Exhibition and fascinated artists like William Burges and Rossetti. Arthur Liberty, who had numbered Rossetti and Burges among his customers — Charlotte Gere


Indian Jewelry, British India, and Victorian England

Jewelry and metalwork


Reviews of books and exhibitions

Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 28, 2014 — January 25, 2015 [Review by George P. Landow]

Related material


Bhushan, Jamila Brij. Indian Jewellery, Ornaments and Decorative Designs. Bombay, 1950.

Gere, Charlotte. Victorian Jewellery. Lonodn: William Kimber, 1972.

Racinet, A. (Auguste) . Le costume historique: types principaux du vêtement et de la parure, rapprochis de ceux de l'intérieur de l'habitation dans tous les temps et chez tous les peuples.. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1876-1888.

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