The Genius of Japan – The Development of Japonisme in Jewellery.

Saturday 7th, Thursday 26th or Friday 27th

By the 1870s many saw the Japanese as aesthetically superior to the French and this led to a huge interest in incorporating Japanese motifs into Jewellery design. This lecture will consider the exceptional work of the jewellers including Faberge, Vever. Lalique, Falize and Tiffany & Co to illustrate this outstanding style and understand why Vever said that ‘the Japanese constitute the most artistic nation that has ever emerged.’

Sculptural Beauty – Jewellery 1930-40

Thursday 5th, Friday 20th or Saturday 21st  (SOLD OUT!)

This lecture will continue the history of Jewellery design during the second decade of the Art Deco period and uncover the new approach to Jewellery design and selling. Despite the Wall Street Crash of 1929 the Jewellery industry flourishes. More emphasis is given to educating the Jewellery buyer and great attention to detail is given to the cutting of gemstones and the setting of the stones. A remarkable period of innovative design will emerge.


The Fashion Conscious 50’s – Jewellery History 1950-1960

Thursday 10th(Full), Saturday 12th or Friday 25th

Fashion in the 1950’s had a ‘New Look’ not just introduced by Dior but by Schiaparelli, Chanel and Balanciega. The Jewellery designed to accompany this look is big, colourful and sculptural. Drawing inspiration from the Art Deco period, the 50’s meets the demands of individuality in a society that is working within new social and economic boundaries.


British Royal Wedding Jewellery

Friday 11th, Saturday 26th or Thursday 31st (SOLD OUT!)

The forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle provides the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the fabulous Jewellery worn at Royal weddings since Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert. This will be a presentation full of dazzling gemstones, romantic stories and of course the odd tiara or two!


Jewellery Revolution – Jewellery History 1960-1970

Thursday 7th, Saturday 16th or Friday 22nd

The 1960’s was a time for change. It was a period of Jewellery invention. Traditional jewellers continued to flourish, but this lecture will highlight the changing nature of Jewellery design in the 60’s to meet a more expressive and younger clientele. Surrealism, Pop Art & Space all influence Jewellery at this time, to create what was known as ‘Art Deco 69’ style. Free style creating fun Jewellery sums up this period.


Chaumet – Parisian Elegance

Friday 15th,  Saturday 23rd or Thursday 28th (SOLD OUT!)

Chaumet was founded in 1780 and has provided exceptional jewellery ever since. Although having been established in Paris some of their finest clientele were found in London during the Victorian period, including Queen Victoria. Their work is romantic, stylish and has attracted many famous clients. This is a presentation which shows how the skill of the jewellers working for Chaumet have led to many utterly outstanding creations, bringing elegance and a ‘wow factor’ to all periods of jewellery design since the C18th.


Creative Freedom – Jewellery History 1970-1980

Thursday 5th (Full), Friday 13th or Saturday 28th (Full)

Jewellery during the 1970’s was an eclectic mix of colourful large stones to meet the Middle Eastern tastes and those pieces showing individuality which have become known as ‘Art Jewels’. This lecture will look at the importance of the ‘Art Jewellers’ and how they reflect the eclectic mix in fashion design through their jewellery and bring in the social and political topics of the time. Goldsmiths’ Hall and De Beers promoted these works extensively. Designers such as Andrew Grima, John Donald and Wendy Ramshaw provide a new approach to jewellery design which paves the way for our contemporary designers of today.

Eclectic Scottish Jewellery – from the Highlands to the Glasgow School

Friday 6th, Saturday 14th(Full), or Friday 27th (Full)

Scottish jewellery has risen in popularity over the years. This lecture will look at the outstanding agate jewellery made during the Victorian period and the exceptional work of the jewellers associated with The Glasgow School. From Phoebe Anna Traquair and Margaret Macdonald to Charles Rennie Mackintosh this is a colourful and creative area of jewellery design, showing how the Glasgow School also helped to influence the Secessionist movement in Vienna.