Short course
Jewels of Love, Romance and Eternity

Friday 1 May 2020 - Friday 26 June 2020

  • Friday 1 May 2020 - Friday 26 June 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £325.00 - £378.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog (link).

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Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

Course Director Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

Beatriz Chadour-Sampson works as a freelance international jewellery historian, curator of exhibitions and scholarly author. She was the consultant curator in the re-designing of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the V&A (opened in 2008), London and was guest curator of the ‘Pearl’ exhibition (2013-14).

I love how the V&A Short Courses provide the opportunity to learn about the collection through the lens of new research, fantastic resources and the support of leading specialists in the field. 2018 Short Course Student

Course Overview

The course will look at the story of the wedding ring which began in Roman times and how the diamond came to be associated with betrothal and marriage and gemstones emblems of desire and passion. Decorative motifs such as clasped hands, lovers’ knots, crowned hearts, Cupid’s arrows, flowers with hidden messages, snakes and butterflies were imaginatively used by jewellers to create magnificent jewels as symbols of romantic love.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

This course has a Half Term break on 29 May • Please note that in Week 2 the session will be moved to Thursday 7 May as Friday 8 May is a Bank Holiday. All other sessions will run on Fridays.

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Short course: Jewels of Love, Romance and Eternity

1 May 2020 - 26 June 2020

£325.00 - £378.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)