1. Imperial Splendours: The Art of Jewellery Since the 18th Century
The Vertiges Diadem
Napoleon's Consular Sword - 1802
Memorial box for the Marquise de Lawoestine - 1789
Diamond Tiara for Empress Marie-Louise - 1811
Located in Beijing's Palace Museum is an extraordinarily unexpected exhibition titled 'Imperial Splendors: The Art of Jewellery Since the 18th Century'. The show itself debuts some of the most alluring gems from the distinguished Chaumet jewelers. Chaumet is a highly esteemed jewelry house in Paris that has obtained almost two hundred and forty years of history and the Palace museum is showcasing Chaumet's wondrous history through jewels, drawings, paintings, and objects of art. Not to mention Napoleon Bonaparte himself even patronized the prestigious Paris jewelry house.
The Palace museum is also simultaneously showcasing pieces from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as works from the Louvre and many many more. This exhibition allows a rare opportunity to witness art that has never before been released to the public. Let alone some pieces of work have never even seen outside the borders of France, including the 1802 monumental golden gem-set coronation sword of Napoleon. Marie-Etienne, the founder of Chaumet, helped to co-created this magical sword. Additionally, Empress Marie-Louise's 1813 pearl, onyx, and gold belt from the medieval times will be on display with one of her sets of parure; a blue and gold encrusted necklace, bracelet, hair jewel, and earring suite. Two pieces of from the Qing Dynasty will also be on display, a silver, coral, glass, and pearl double-dragon hair pin set, and a regal kingfisher feather headdress. A Chaumet chinoiserie brooch comprised of diamond, platinum, and jade will also be featured from the art deco era.
Numerous Chaumet Tiaras will make an appearance as well, as the jewelry house has created over two thousand tiaras thus far. To pay homage to the past, an 1811 wheat-motif tiara will be placed out on display and is followed by a 1914 aigrette tiara with a centered emerald that shows evidence of more modern times. However, it is the prized 2017 diadem tiara that solely suggests where the world of jewelry is headed. - The show runs until July 2nd and it is one you will not want to miss.
2. From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection
Located in Paris at the Grand Palais is an exhibition titled "From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection". This show too is heavily influenced by imperial Asia and features about two hundred & fifty Indian/Indian inspired jewels from the 400 year old Al Thani Collection. The Al Thani Collection is privately owned by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani. The highlight of this collection is the legendary pink Agra diamond. As the story goes, the first rumored whereabouts of the diamond come from 1526, in the possession of the first emperor of the Mughal Empire, Babur. However, three hundred & thirty years later the diamond was supposedly smuggled to England. A gorgeous 1928 ruby, diamond, and 234.65 carat yellow diamond necklace from Cartier will also be on display during the Al Thani exhibit.
3. Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection
Coming this summer in New York's Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is an exhibition titled the 'Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection'. The Museum is to debut several exhibitions solely focused on the Jazz era. Liberation was on the rise during this time which meant jewelry needed to be bright and bold! Thus, Rakish designs were born. Rakish designs directly reflected the personality of the man/woman wearing them. More than one hundred objects of luxury will be showcased here, including jewelry, watches, vanity cases, and clocks - all which were gifted from the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to his beautiful wife Catherine. Each piece on display will date between 1910 and 1938.
If you are unable to make any of the shows mentioned above, do not fear! The Amrapali family, a large contemporary jeweler from India, will be unveiling a brand new museum in Jaipur, India's gem capital, this month. The museum is founded by the Amrapali family members - Rajesh Ajmera and Rajiv Arora. Over three thousand pieces will be featured in this one of kind museum, showcasing only the finest silver and goldsmithing from India's heritage.