Indian Jewelry – Augsburg Exhibition Takes in the World of the Maharajas

Many myths and legends have grown up in India to jewelry. The richly decorated, traditional Indian jewelry pieces are not only a feast for the eyes, but also an integral part of Indian culture and religion.

In the Augsburg Schaezlerpalais, “Jewelry of Maharaja – from the treasuries of Indian Princes” can be seen until September 2013 the exhibition. Over 100 exhibits there displayed are dated from the 16th to the 19th century. Lit in display cases from both sides their beauty is used particularly impressive scene.
Detailed scientific comments open the visitor access to the complex layers of meaning, clinging jewellery in India. Finally, it serves not only to the ornament, but is also used as a talisman and lucky charms. In addition, reveals a lot about the social rank of the wearer or the bearer Indian jewelry and is also an indispensable part of religious festivals.
The wearing of the most precious Gemstones has long been reserved only for rulers and powerful. The importance that comes to jewelry in the Indian culture, is an explanation that he was decorated as filigree and detail. There’s also no wonder that Indian Bridal jewelry is particularly impressive, precious and luxurious.
Indian jewelry has its popularity in Europe due first and foremost to its colours and its eclectic ornaments.

Indian jewelry as an integral part of the culture

Art historians assume that the history of jewellery in India goes back almost 5,000 years. This is not surprising, after all, the country has a rich treasure of precious stones. Indian jewelry based had its heyday from the 16th century until the 19th century. They coincided with the reign of the Mughal Emperor from Central Asia. The Islamic courts of the Emperor and with those of the Hindu maharajas the requirements for exceptional jewellery creations were given.
Early Indian jewelry had an overwhelming effect on European travellers. Merchants have been tasked to travel to Europe to bring Indian jewelry in the country. The Augsburg family of the Fugger was very committed in this area in the 16th century. This is one of the reasons that so many traditional Indian jewellery in South German private collections were, and for the current exhibition were made available.

Indian jewelry in his large array of colours and variety of shapes

Studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, intensely red garnets and turquoise jade Indian jewelry excels gems its large Berounka. He is also known for its elaborately-crafted ornaments.
It is formed in the Indian regions at different times, different jewelry styles and production techniques. Times occupied Indian jewellery with coloured precious stones, even the bright colors with the brush were applied and burned. For some pieces of jewellery, both techniques are combined with each other.
The manner in which the gems in India have been edited, differs in essential features of, what we today are used in Europe. Connected with the conviction that the gems give its wearer the power inherent in them, they were in their natural form often leave and not faceted cut. In some cases ornament or lettering in the gems have been incorporated however – in a complex technique, which requires high skills.
Traditional Indian jewelry has a special feature: mostly it is covered on the outside as well as on the elaborately decorated worn inside. Here, the representative and religious function of the jewels again comes to fruition. The outside should clarify the status of the wearer and the inside to serve as his personal protection.
The Canon of the classical pieces of Indian jewelry includes amulets, necklaces, gold bangles, bracelets and earrings. The oversized nose rings, ornate turban tapes or archers rings are specifically Indian.

Indian jewelry in additional Augsburg exhibitions

As a complement to the exhibition “Jewelry of Maharaja – from the treasuries of Indian Princes”, a visit to the exposition in the graphic Cabinet entitled “Gems in design – jewelry designs from the graphic collection” offers. There, the creation process of the precious jewels can be traced on the basis of numerous prints from the hands of Indian goldsmiths. In addition, it demonstrates again Indian jewelry in its wealth of style.
To build a bridge between tradition and modernity, is the goal of taking place in the Liebertzimmer of the Schaezlerpalais show “Indian jewels in Augsburg versions – jewelry from the workshops of fries-Arauner and Carpenter”. There, Indian precious stones are combined with modern jewelry creations.

If you want to also individual jewellery with gemstones – whether in the Indian or a different style – please contact us.

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