Check out this sparkling exhibit

Last chance to visit Schlumberger's jewellery display

Check out this sparkling exhibit

We love anything that’s shiny, which is why you’ll see us hanging around at Doha’s museums quite a bit. After spending a few weekends at the sparkly exhibit Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts, we decided to check out another in Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection.

Enthusiasts will recognise the name Schlumberger from his vibrant career which included heading his own private salon at New York’s Tiffany & Co. beginning in the 1950s. He started his career crafting costume jewellery for the French fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli in 1930s Paris.

The exhibition is dedicated to the vibrant and sculptural work of Jean Schlumberger (1907–1987). You’ll find a lot of witty, imaginative and awe-inspiring interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, particularly marine life and flowers, which combine precious metals and gemstones, as well as organic materials.

Schlumberger transformed 20th century fashion with his creativity inspired by natural forms. As a signature designer for the American luxury jewellery firm Tiffany & Co. for thirty years, Schlumberger became well known for his work with animal and botanical subjects. Some of the most celebrated women of that period such as Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, a noted American horticulturalist and philanthropist, were known to absolutely adore Schlumberger’s design for objects ranging from cigarette cases and pill boxes to brooches and necklaces. The designs featuring precious stones would include diverse cuts, carat size and colour.
You’ll find all of these incredibly beautiful objects and much more (125 objects in total) on display at the National Museum of Qatar.

It’s on until January 15, so hopefully you haven’t missed out on this brilliant exhibition by the time you pick this magazine up. 
QR20 (adults), QR10 (students, children, Culture Pass Plus members). Until Jan 15. National Museum of Qatar, Museum Park St (4452 5555).

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