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The Jewelry Designer

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Bracelet designed with three rows of gems: pearls on the sides and emeralds in the middle. The bracelet opens and closes with a hinge and Bolt bracket from which dangling two clusters of pearls hanging on gold wires.
Bracelet (Swar), Iraq, 1946, gold, emerald and pearls. Donation of the Basha family to the mother of the Regina Basha family

The Jewelry Designer showcases a unique collection of jewelry created by Regina Basha, a Jewish jewelry designer who worked in Basra and Baghdad in the first half of the 20th century. The collection reveals her singular style. One can see influences of Indian, Armenian and French jewelry and of jewelry inspired by designs that were common in Iraq. The Jewelry Designer enables visitors to have a look inside a home from which her splendid world and her special artistic inclinations emerges.

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