Why Qatari Royal Jewels Are Unique

If you’re like me, “royal jewels” only means the British crown jewels.

And you might not have known that Qatar’s emeritus ruler Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has apparently the world’s best collection of Mughal-era Indian jewelry until a daring jewel theft happened on the last day of the collection’s showing at the Doge Palace in Venice recently.

Apparently this collection is so unique that the thieves will find unloading the pair of earrings and the jeweled brooch they stole very difficult. (That’s not much loot, but it’s still worth millions.)

While we are all waiting for a movie to be made about this crime, let’s take a closer look at that amazing collection.

First, here is a video made while some of it was on display in London during the winter of 2015-2016.

Now here is the collection’s website, and its roughly 30-minute YouTube video of the collection is embedded below. I don’t know which pieces were stolen, but the whole thing leaves me a little breathless!

Featured image: Turban jewels in the Al Thani Collection, by Val McG via the Wikipedia Loves Art campaign. CC BY-SA 2.0.

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