Online course
Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery

Friday 23 April 2021 - Friday 28 May 2021

The course will reveal the history of Western jewellery from the Middle Ages till today and give insight into the personal significance of jewellery and how fashions in dress and international art movements were inspirational for the designs.

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Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

Course Director 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 JewelleryGallery and guest curator of the ‘Pearls’ exhibition at the V&A. Today she continues to be the curator of the Alice and Louis Koch Collection.

The online format is excellent. It allows me to participate live when I can but not miss out if I cannot. I am a big fan of this new format and have signed up for two further courses next term Autumn 2020 Online Course Participant

Course Overview

This course reveals the history of jewellery from the Middle Ages till today and gives insight into the comprehensive collection of 3,500 jewels in the 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 very 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: Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery

23 April 2021 - 28 May 2021

£120.00

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