A History of Jewellery: Bedazzled (On-Demand)

Online course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Join us on a beautiful journey through over 800 years of jewellery design. Written by celebrated international jewellery historian Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and featuring some of the V&A's outstanding jewellery curators, this on-demand course brings together twelve hours of meticulously researched and lovingly presented lectures.

We draw on the V&A's magnificent collections to explore topics from the devotional jewels of Medieval Europe, the splendour of the Renaissance and Baroque Courts to new movements such as the Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco, right up to contemporary artist jewellery, and Beyoncé's famous 'Papillon' ring by Glenn Spiro.

This on-demand course gives you maximum flexibility: all 12 hours of lectures will be available to you the moment you are enrolled, so you can learn at your own pace. You can download handouts accompanying every lecture, as well as additional reading to deepen your understanding. And you'll have access to everything till 5pm BST on 3rd July 2024, so there's plenty of time to dig in. What is more, you will also have the opportunity to join Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson for a live Q&A session at a convenient time for you during the course, so you can get answers to all those burning questions.

Book now and you'll get access to the course at 10am BST on April 10th 2024. You will then have full access to the learning environment until 5pm BST on 3rd July 2024.

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Portrait of Course leader Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

Course leader
Dr. 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.

Fascinating and insightful… so much more than can be read in a book! A V&A Academy learner

Course overview

All lectures are written and presented by Beatriz Chadour-Sampson unless otherwise stated.
Lecture 1 – Jewellery in Medieval Europe (1000-1500)
2 – Jewellery in Renaissance Europe (1500-1620)
3 – Baroque Splendour at the Europe Courts (1620-1720)
4 – From Rococo Elegance to the Napoleonic period (1720-1815)
5 –Jewellery in the 19th Century (1800-1890)
6 – ‘Any number of brooches, up and down and everywhere’: The Brooch in the 19th Century with Rachel Church, former curator in the department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the V&A
7 – Jewellery from the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau Period (1890-1914)
8 – Jewellery from the Arts and Crafts Movement with Claire Phillips, Curator of the Department of Decorative Art and Sculpture at the V&A
9 – Jewellery from Art Deco Period and Beyond (1918-1945)
10 – Jewellery from the 1950s, 60s and 70s
11 – Contemporary Jewellery (1960s into the 21st Century)
12 – Rings in the Alice and Louis Koch Collection and V&A Collection
Plus the chance to join one of several one-hour live Q&A sessions with Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson during the course.

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12 hours of outstanding quality lectures at your fingertips

This on-demand course gives you maximum flexibility: every minute of the lectures will be available to you the moment you are enrolled, so you can learn at your own pace. And you'll have access till 3rd July, so there's plenty of time to dig in.

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Online course: A History of Jewellery: Bedazzled (On-Demand)

10 April 2024 - 3 July 2024

£95.00

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

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