A Modern Twist – The Jewellery Market Since the 1980’s

Saturday 8th, Friday 21st or Thursday 27th

The presentation will cover the changing market in jewellery since the 1980’s up to the present day. The 1980’s was a buoyant time for the jewellery trade – how has this change? How have tastes and lifestyles changed and what effect have synthetic gems and treatments had on the market. How do new designers enter the market and survive? This is will be an exciting presentation, providing an insight into the world of jewellery trading and the challenges that the industry faces.


High Society – The Jewellery of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin

Friday 5th, Thursday 11th or  Saturday 20th  (Full)

A presentation which delves into the lives of celebrities such as Claudette Colbert and Marlene Dietrich to showcase the most exquisite jewellery of the collaboration of the American jewellery firm Trabert & Hoeffer with the Parisian house Mauboussin. The firm is often lost in the shadow of Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, but their jewellery never disappoints. From semi-customised jewellery referred to as ‘Your personality in a jewel’ to the dazzling one of creations, this is a presentation which will inspire the designer in all of us!


Queen Mary

Saturday 3rd, Thursday 15th or Friday 23rd  SOLD OUT!! Waiting List only

As the nights draw in lets us brighten our days with the delightful collection of jewellery owned by Queen Mary. Enough said – one not to be missed!


This series of lectures provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the relationship between jewellers and fashion designers and to see how fashion and jewellery have been so closely associated. From individual jewellery pieces to the patrons who supported the designers this series of lectures will be a feast of sumptuous design.


Cartier and The House of Worth

Thursday 6thSaturday 22nd or Friday 28th SOLD OUT! Waiting list only

From Royals to Actresses, Cartier and Worth have dressed and accessorized some of the finest ladies throughout the world. Both firms started in the nineteenth century and probably never anticipated the huge success that they were to have as individual enterprises. The firms came together through their client lists and due to the vogue for La joaillerie cousue (stitched jewellery) and then by two marriages in 1898 and 1910. The unification of two such successful families provides us with a feast of sparkling gems and breathtaking dresses to admire.


The House of Chanel

Saturday 6th, Friday 19th or Thursday 25th SOLD OUT – Waiting List only

By popular demand (and we can never have enough of Chanel!), we are re visiting the world of Chanel.  

Chanel was a woman who brought a sense of freedom to fashion and jewellery design. She is seen as having invented the look of the twentieth century, taking women out of corsets and putting them into bathing costumes. With Chanel costume jewellery became acceptable not only when worn on its own but also when intertwined with gem jewellery.  This presentation will delve into the character of Chanel so that we can understand how her romantic relationships helped to shape her style both in fashion and jewellery design, creating one of the most successful brands of all time.


The House of Dior

Saturday 10th, Friday 16th  or Thursday 22nd SOLD OUT! Waiting list only

Christian Dior founded the House of Dior in 1947 and the ‘New Look’ was born. His intention was to create a look in fashion that was a radical break from the past and emphasized femininity. To Dior jewellery was not just an accessory but was part of the complete look. His creations were designed to complement the clothes not to take away from them. His look was such a success that he opened a fashion house in 1948 called ‘Dior Costume Jewelry’ His jewellery is still highly collectable and this presentation will show how he created such a successful company and how it is still sought after today.