Rooms 91-93: Jewellery

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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:

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Fashion Jewellery - Made in Italy (Hardback)

Fashion Jewellery - Made in Italy (Hardback)

In Italy there has always been a tradition of making jewellery from semi-precious metal, as copies or prototypes of fine jewellery. Fashion Jewellery:…

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Event - Elizabeth Gage: 50 Years of Jewellery

Mon 10 November 2014 19:00

In conversation with the esteemed jewellery writer Vivienne Becker, Elizabeth Gage discusses her 50 years of painting with gemstones on a canvas of gold.

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