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Create! Jewellery Design

  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London As today is Museums Takeover Day, an annual event where young people are invited to take control of museums, we thought we would show you some of the exciting Create! workshops you can take part in at the V&A (that is if you are a budding designer under […]

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NET-A-PORTER X V&A Italian Fashion Jewellery Collection

What do silk and tourmaline stones, black onyx and metal crosses, bling gold plate, resin flowers and Swarovsky crystal have in common? They are all materials and motifs from an exclusive new fashion jewellery collection specially commissioned by the V&A and luxury fashion retailer NET-A-PORTER.COM for The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014.  Dolce & Gabanna, Etro, […]

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Jewellery Design

Since Pearls are having a bit of a ‘moment’, it seemed a good time to search through the Designs collection for some interesting examples of jewellery design across the ages. There are about 3000 designs for jewellery in the Museum’s collection, and we’re particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century examples. As the ‘Pearls’ […]

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Jewellery given by the Prince Regent for the wedding of Princess Charlotte acquired by the V&A

The V&A has acquired a rare set of peridot gems mounted in gold by the royal jeweller, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in 1816, thanks to the generosity of private donors. (left) Handwritten note from Princess Elizabeth to Miss Cotes, 30 April, 1816, (right) Peridot gems given to Mis

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Guest Blog Entry: Paper and Pearls: Hans Collaert’s Designs for Pendants

Guest blog entry by Frances AllittIn the painting below, a girl dressed in a delicate lace collar stares off to the left of the viewer. Though her identity is now lost, the girl remains enchanting to behold. Framing her face are two pearl earrings and, around her neck, a double string of pearls.

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Elizabeth Taylor – Jewellery and Ornament

You may have noticed some of the press recently making the rounds for the sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels (among other parts of her collection). Looking at the lots on offer one wonders how such a petite woman ever managed tomove around so enormous are the carat weights of some of the stones. One of my favourite galleries at the V&A is the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. If you ever have a case of Holly Golightly’s mean reds, the spiral display of rings here will cheer you up in no time. It’s all too easy to hold up …

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Draw a Line and Follow It

One of my favorite art works is called "Zen for Head,"a performance piece by Nam Jun Paik. It is an interpretation of a 'score' by another artist, LaMonte Young, who was associated with the Fluxus movement of the 1950s and '60s. This group was interested in putting the possibility of artmaking in the hands of ordinary people. Young's "Composition 1960 No. 10" consisted entirely of the instruction:"draw a straight line and follow it."A couple of years later, Paik did just that, dunking his head in a bowl of ink and dragging his hair like a giant brush along a scroll …

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Jean Toutin, designer and engraver

I was fascinated by engravings for black and white enamelled miniature cases by Jean Toutin who worked from 1618 to 1640.

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A New Discovery: Prints and Drawings

I am a student every Tuesday taking part in the History of Jewellery Course run by Dr.Beatriz Chadour and the curators in the jewellery and metal department. It is a rare experience to be taken through the developments in jewellery since early times and to be able to handle rare pieces from the collection.This week we were taken to see the print department’s collection of designs for jewellery. It is so amazing to see these things at first hand, original drawings by Lalique and Josef Hoffman and a rather surprisingly poor drawing of a necklace by C.R.Ashbee.

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Find Make Wear Contributions

Madeleine from the Crafts Council has responded to the challenge with an elegant marsh grass necklace.

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