Jewellery

Rooms 91-93

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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.

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Photo of Brooch, Barbara Paganin, 2011, Italy. Museum no. M.226:1-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Barbara Paganin
Brooch, Barbara Paganin, 2011, Italy. Museum no. M.226:1-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Barbara Paganin

Photo of Hair ornament,  Philippe Wolfers, 1905 – 7. Museum no. M.11-1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hair ornament, Philippe Wolfers, 1905 – 7. Museum no. M.11-1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Gold choker, Santhi Wongchan, 2003. Museum no. IS.221-2006. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Gold choker, Santhi Wongchan, 2003. Museum no. IS.221-2006. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Lover’s eye brooch, 1800 – 20, England. Museum no. P.56-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Lover’s eye brooch, 1800 – 20, England. Museum no. P.56-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Spray ornament, maker unknown, about 1850. Museum no. M.115-1951. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Spray ornament, maker unknown, about 1850. Museum no. M.115-1951. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Collar known as The Shannongrove Gorget, maker unknown, probably 800-700 BC, Ireland. Museum no. M.35-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Collar known as The Shannongrove Gorget, maker unknown, probably 800-700 BC, Ireland. Museum no. M.35-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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