New Delhi: The Moscow
Kremlin Museum may exhibit jewellery from the priceless collection
of Nizam of Hyderabad at an exhibition of Indian jewellery in the
"A preliminary agreement has been reached with the National Museum
in New Delhi. Talks are being held to present jewellery from the
Nizam of Hyderabad collection," Elena Gagarina, director-general
of Moscow Kremlin Museum told IANS.
"This is a unique project. No other country has seen the exhibits,
which will be exposed at the Moscow Kremlin Museum," Gagarina
The exhibition is scheduled to be held from April through to
The Nizam's jewellery, rated among the world's priceless
collections, is currently stored in government vaults after being
exhibited a few times here at the National Museum and in
Gagarina said a proposal had already been made in talks with
India's Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch.
"We explained that we were ready to hold an exhibition in India if
we are allowed to present the Nizam's jewellery in Moscow. We are
ready to discuss with India about its ... interest in our
collection," Gagarina said.
The Nizam jewellery collection was purchased by the government in
1995 for Rs.217 crore after lengthy negotiations between the
Comprising 173 jewels, the collection covers a period ranging from
18th century to the early 20th century. It includes necklaces,
belts and buckles, bracelets and bangles, earrings, armlets and
While the diamonds in the collection originate from the mines of
Golconda, there are Colombian emeralds, Burmese rubies and pearls
The Kremlin exhibition will also present Indian jewellery of the
Mughal era between the 17th and 19th centuries, as well as from
other Indian princely states.
It will also feature the Indian collections of leading French
jewellers like Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels.
Collections from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London, the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar and
other private collections from different countries will be
exhibited in Moscow, Gagarina said.
"We are ready to present the exhibition in other countries. This
possibility is being discussed now," added Gagarina.