Maybe you think a collection of luxurious jewelry and gems is awaiting to be admired by its visitors, but here in this museum you will see the jewelry that besides its beauty, has been passed down through history. Here it has been gathered to make this unmatched treasure to tell you the history of the good and bad days of this land and its people.
Here also, you can visit the gems that maybe you have seen in the paintings of the Golestan Palace.
Based on what has been written by famous travelers such as Chevalier Chardin, the Shirley brothers etc., some of these jewelries were kept in the national treasury of Iran before the Safavid dynasty. When they became the governors of Iran, their kings started to gather precious things and gems from all over the world – India, France, Italy and so on, and brought them to Iran. At that time Isfahan was their capital. But unfortunately during the Invasion of Mahmud Afghan, some of these gems were taken to India. Nader shah Afshar, brought back some of them, but this treasury was plundered again by Ahmed Beg and many of them never came back to Iran. The largest cut diamond of the world .i.e.”Kuh-e-Nur” is one of those famous gems.
In the Qajar dynasty, all other gems were kept and transferred to the Bank Melli as the guardian of Iranian wealth. The current treasury building was constructed 61 years ago and 56 years ago it started its work at the time that the Iranian Central bank opened. From that time, all of this jewelry and those gems are kept under the supervision of this bank.
The really beautiful pink diamond of Darya-ye Nur (Sea of light), Naderi or the peacock Throne, Kiani crown, the last Pahlavi king’s crown, the Globe of Jewels that is incredibly beautiful and contains around 51,366 precious stones, are among the most important gems and jewelry that are now kept in this museum.
This collection is truly priceless in the sense that no appraiser has been able to assess a value for this collection to date.