This autumn, following the Spring 2014 catwalk shows around the globe, London’s eyes will be set on glittering jewels and gems. Exhibitions around the capital will feature historic jewelry. At the V&A, Pearls, opening on September 21st will examine ‘the beauty and allure of pearls across centuries and cultures,’ and is sure to ignite fashion trends for both high-end and fashion costume jewelry.
At the Museum of London, the famed Cheapside Hoard is going on display in its entirety for the first time since its discovery in 1912. The hoard is a cache of 16th and 17th century jewels and jewelry that were discovered hidden, and have been surrounded by mystery and wonder for a century. The exhibition presents the treasures and sheds new light on some of the mysteries of its lost and found story. The exhibition will also include other objects from this period of London’s history and the Museum will be holding a spectacular programme of themed events to coincide with its display, which opens to the public on October 11th, 2013.
This video, featuring Vogue’s jewelry editor Carol Woolton, offers a sneak peek at some of the stunning pieces up close, as she tells us more about the allure of jewelry craft and trend across the centuries.