Rooms 91 – 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

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The V&A has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the world. Over 3,000 jewels tell the story of jewellery in Europe from ancient times to the present day.

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Highlights include a gold Celtic breastplate, jewelled pendants given by Elizabeth I to her courtiers, diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia, jewellery by the art-nouveau designer, Réné Lalique, diamond tiaras by Cartier, and contemporary works by Wendy Ramshaw, Peter Chang and Marjorie Schick.

Collection Highlights

Brooch, designed by Barbara Paganin, 2011, Italy
hair ornament
Hair ornament, designed by Philippe Wolfers, 1905 – 7, Belgium
Necklace, designed by Santhi Wongchan, made by Niphon Yodkranpan, 2003, Bangkok, Thailand
eye miniature
Eye miniature, early 19th century, England
spray ornament
Spray ornament, about 1850, England
The Shannongrove Gorget, collar, 800 BC – 700 BC, Ireland