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The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Over 3,000 jewels tell the story of jewellery in Europe from Ancient Greece to the present day.  From a great gold Celtic breastplate to medieval love rings and pendants given by Elizabeth I to her courtiers. From enamelled watches to diamond tiaras and jewellery in paper, acrylic and titanium.  From jewels by Cartier to animals by Fabergé and jewellery by an international selection of contemporary makers. The gallery explores how jewels have been not only at the centre of fashion, but of the deepest human emotions.

The mezzanine level of Room 91 looks at silver worn with traditional Northern European dress; gentleman's accoutrements such as dress swords, exotic buttons, snuff-boxes and watch-cases; and personalised lockets, keepsakes, hair-slides and dress jewellery.

Objects you can find in this gallery:

The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Traditional Jewellery: In Nineteenth-Century Europe (Hardback)

Traditional Jewellery: In Nineteenth-Century Europe (Hardback)

Although less well-known today, European jewellery - jewellery worn with traditional or national costume - was highly fashionable in nineteenth-centur…

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Event - Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery 2016

Sat 23 January 2016–Sun 24 January 2016

WEEKEND COURSE: Trace the history of Western jewellery from the middle ages to the present day.

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