A trip to Doha wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the magical Museum of Islamic Art. The building was designed by architect I. M. Pei, the same architect as Louvre's a glass-and-steel pyramid in Paris. And according to Wikipedia, 91 years old Pei had to be coaxed out of retirement to undertake this enterprise. He traveled throughout the Muslim world on a six month quest to learn about Muslim architecture and history and read Muslim texts to draw inspiration for his design. The view of the building in real life is so overwhelming. The serenity the surrounded the building took my breath away. And of course I was mesmerized by the jaw-dropping jewelry collection. Stunning pieces indeed! Enjoy the photos I’ve taken.
Penbox made out of ivory and brass that dates back to 1003.
A necklace made from gold, spinels, diamonds, pearls 1607-1619 from India
Cameo portrait of Emperor Shah Jaha of India in c. 1630
Gold, emeralds, pearls, and rubies necklace from 17th century, 20th century setting by Cartier