The incomparable Treasury of the National Jewels (Persian: موزه جواهرات ملی), which is open to public, is a collection of the most expensive jewels of the world, collected over the centuries. In 1937, most of the jewelry was transferred to the National Bank of Iran to be used as collateral for banknotes and collateral of government debt to the bank. With the establishment of the Central Bank of Iran in 1960, this treasure was transferred to the Jewelry Museum of Istanbul junction, Tehran. This treasury has been under the protection of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran up to the present, and many of the royal jewels of Iran from the Safavid, Afshar, Qajar and Pahlavi periods are on public display.
These jewels have been the adornment of rulers throughout history as well as showing the splendor of the court. In this way, it was considered as the authority and reserve of the state treasury. Jewelry and items in the National Jewelry Treasury are categorized into 36 closets. It can be said that the recorded history of the Treasury of jewels began with the Safavid monarch (1501-1736). The combination of these precious jewels with Iranian art has led to the creation of works that not only have material value, but also have a lot of artistic value. Therefore, some of them cannot be priced and evaluated. These treasures were also used in later periods and were finally entrusted to the Central Bank as backed money and gold standard.
The most important items in Treasury of the National Jewels include the following:
Address: The Treasury of National Jewels, The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 140, Ferdowsi Ave., Tehran, Iran.
Opening hours: Saturday to Tuesday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ticket Counter closes at 16:30
The Treasury of National Jewels is closed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and on National Official Holidays.