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Museum Jewellery will give special attention to India in the future. This country, so rich in gemstones and handicraft traditions, has much to offer in the art of making jewellery. We will focus on the Mogul tradition, the Raja style and traditionally jewellery.

"The ruby is the lord of the daytime.
The emerald is the stone of noble Mercury,
The yellow sapphire is the precious stone of Jupiter, the teacher of the gods.
The diamond is that of Venus, the teacher of the demons,
The blue sapphire that of Saturn,
The hyacinth that of Rahu,
And the cat's-eye that of Kethu"

Jatak Parijat, Vedic astrology book, 1500-1000 BC

Thus says the Jatak Parijat, an echo more than 3,000 years old, bearing witness to the classical ties between the noble classes, astronomy, gems and gods.

Colours and comparison are also connected to the caste system. The four "varnas" means the four colours and point to the hierarchical social system where the Brahmans (the priests) belong to the top (white), then come the Khsatriyas (warriors and nobility) (yellow), the Vaisyas (merchants and handicrafts) (red) and at the bottom the Sudras (peasants and those who serve) (blue and other colours). This hierarchy was not recognized by the lower castes, however, and was only upheld with strong social control.

Down the ages, India has been praised for its immeasurable wealth, its prosperous countryside and opulent cities, magnificent palaces, forts and temples, and not least the thousands upon thousands of jewels in the treasuries of the grand moguls and maharajas.

 The Early History
 Gems and Trade
 Trade with Europe
 The Precious Stones of the Great Moguls
 Pietra Dura and Tajs Mahal
 The Spell of Gems

Museum Jewellery - c/o Skindsmedene  -  Klosterstraedet 14  -  1157 Copenhagen K
Tel. +45 3393 9396 (after 12.00 p.m. CET)  -  Fax. + 45 3332 9394  -  E-mail: sus@skindsmedene.dk  -  CVR-number: 27098347