A History of Jewellery: Bedazzled

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This course reveals the history of jewellery from the Middle Ages till today. It explores how fashions in dress, historical events, changing society and international trade were inspirational for designs. Jewels are more than adornment and symbols of status, they are personal to the wearer, mark occasions in life and express devotion, grief, love and hope.

Note: This course is sold out, but it will be available in an on-demand format from 10 April until 3 July 2024. Please search for A History of Jewellery: Bedazzled (On-Demand) or email courses@vam.ac.uk for more information.

Learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with 12 hours of study over 6 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for 6 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time.

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Portrait of Course Leader Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

Course Leader
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

Beatriz Chadour-Sampson is an international jewellery historian, author and lecturer. She was consultant curator to the redesigning of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery and guest curator of the ‘Pearls’ exhibition at the V&A. Today she is the curator of the Alice and Louis Koch Collection, now in the Swiss National Museum.

Following this course has been everything I had hoped for and more: stimulating lectures on subjects I am really interested in and the opportunity to learn from experts in their respective fields. Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

This jewellery history course gives insight into the comprehensive collection of 3,500 jewels in the V&A’s William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery and other major international museums. It will explore how fashions in dress determined what jewellery was worn and how international styles and art movements were inspirational for the designs. Changes in economy and society were significant in the choice of jewels worn. Jewellery is personal and accompanies the wearer through life and marks special occasions. Other than being adornment and symbols of status, jewels express devotion, grief, love and hope.


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Online course: A History of Jewellery: Bedazzled

22 February 2024 - 28 March 2024


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