• SL Saoud Jewellery


A PASSION FOR GOLD AND JEWELLERY

Sheikh Saoud treasured the natural gifts our planet offers. He collected gemstones, gold, precious minerals, and diamonds, and amassed a superb collection of objects, including exceptional artefacts from pre-Columbian South America, famous for its gold treasures.  He had a particular interest in the rich jewellery tradition of India, and acquired several spectacular pieces set with emeralds, spinels and other precious stones for MIA. 

 

Masks of this kind were found in South America in tombs (or tolas) of kings and represented the dual power over life and death of the shamans or chief magicians. The gold has been applied on a layer of hammered platinum, an early use of this metal, which would normally require 1800°C to melt.

La Tolita’ mask
Ecuador, Tumaco region, La Tolita island, La Tolita culture, c. 300 BCE - 400 CE
Hammered platinum with gold, and turquoise beads
Qatar Museums, STM.AN.PC.0044

This ornament is set with table-cut diamonds certainly originating from the Golconda mines in India. The upper portion is a detachable turban ornament (jigha). Although this piece is Mughal, Maharajahs in the 19th and 20th centuries would also wear such ornaments tied around their turban.

Turban ornament (sarpech)
India, Mughal period, c. 1790 CE
Gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls, enamel
MIA, JE.87.2002

 

This sapphire of Sri Lankan origin weighs 478.68 carats. First referenced by Cartier in 1913, it was exhibited in Spain in 1919 and then acquired by King Ferdinand of Romania in 1921 for Queen Marie (1875-1938), who was the granddaughter of both Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Czar Alexander II of Russia.

Queen Marie of Romania’s Sapphire Pendant
Produced by Cartier
Paris, 1913
Sapphire, diamonds and platinum
Qatar Museums, PJM.GE.0493