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18th Century Meets Contemporary: Gold Box Study Day in Cambridge

Particles caught in tint on underside of one of the boxes shown in the Close-Up and Personal exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge(LOAN:GILBERT.346-2008)

Friday, 26 June 2015, Fitzwilliam Museum The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection exhibition Close-Up and Personal: Eighteenth-century Gold Boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection continues at the Fitzwilliam Museum. On Friday, 26 June 2015, we will be hosting a study day at the Fitzwilliam to celebrate these masterpieces. Two of the most eminent British artists […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.83

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.83 Got to be at the top today, breathe it in!!!! Ah the exclusive air of Bond Street home to the big jewellers in London.  Inextricably linked to the gorgeous, glamorous  Audrey Hepburn.  Amazingly there was no Tiffany’s in London until 1986 when the first exclusive […]

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Unsung Artists : May Morris (1862-1938)

Photograph of May Morris by Frederick Hollyer

One of the best things about working on the Factory project is the range of different artists and designers that we come across while cataloguing. The V&A’s collection of works on paper is huge (741,000 objects and counting!) and amongst the famous names like Constable and Raphael, there are a wealth of fascinating and talented […]

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St. Barbara

T.13-1937, embroidered picture of St. Barbara, probably a 20th century forgery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Today, almost three weeks late, I present St. Barbara, another spurious Roman saint. She is said to have been born in the mid-3rd century, her father was wealthy, overbearing and pagan. He kept her locked in a tower to protect her from the world, but could not prevent her from secretly becoming a Christian and […]

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What buckle?

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Today I went to the Clothworker Centre in Blythe house to look for buckles!   A number of shoes included in the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain date from the 17th and 18th centuries. During this period buckles progressively substituted laces. Shoe buckles were worn by both men and women, and remained in fashion for […]

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A vintage fashion mystery

Width 5cm each, with various lengths, ca. 1945/1950; V&A Archive of Art and Design GC10/1

Dress trimmings for Rosalinde Gilbert Models Sometimes even with our combined efforts, the V&A’s curatorial team can only get marginally closer to solving the mysteries posed by even the most intriguing pieces. This is very much the case with four petite ornaments made of vibrant red resin, a light faux turquoise and faux pearls. The […]

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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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