FEBRUARY

‘Ahead of their Game’ – The ‘Advanced Design’ of Archibald Knox and Liberty

Friday 8th or Saturday 16th  SOLD OUT!  WAITING LIST ONLY We now call ‘Advanced Design’ Modernism. This was a movement that stemmed from the revivalist principles of William Morris, the Pre Raphaelite brotherhood and the Aesthetic Movement. This presentation will unveil the importance of these influences and how, as a result, Knox and Liberty flourished and changed the nature of design during the Art Nouveau period.

Oscar Heyman – WHO?

 Friday 1st, Saturday 9th or Thursday 14th Despite being one of the finest jewellers of the C20th, the name of Oscar Heyman is relatively unused. Why is this? It is because the firm wanted it that way. They made jewellery for some of the best jewellery houses of the C20th including Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany & Co and Cartier. This talk will unveil the importance of these exceptional jewellers who never took the limelight away from these big name jewellers – until now!

MARCH

Georg Jensen Unveiled

Thursday 7thFriday 15th or Saturday 23rd Georg Jensen one of the most famous Danish jewellers of the C20th set up his own workshop in 1904. He produced jewellery with a unique style for over two decades. By the 1920’s he was beginning to introduce other designers into his workshop. This lecture will look at these designers including Sigvard Bernadotte, Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel, Astrid Fog, Henning Koppel, and Arno Malinowski, to show how they influenced the new Jensen Style.

French Decadence – The Jewels of Empress Eugenie

Friday 8th, Saturday 16th or Friday 22nd Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, had a unique sense of fashion for jewellery during her time as Empress of France between 1853 and 1870. She loved to buy jewellery and also design it herself. With a particular love for diamonds this lecture will be one to impress and it will show why she was also known as the ‘Empress of Jewels’.

The Cheapside Hoard

Wednesday 13th – ‘The Cheapside Hoard’ is one the most historically important finds of C17th jewellery.  ‘The Cheapside Hoard – London’s Lost Jewels’ at the Museum of London in 2014 was, in our opinion.  one of the most exciting jewellery exhibitions in recent years. This lecture will unveil the importance of this find and why it is a priceless collection for all us jewellery enthusiasts.

APRIL

‘Creative Innovation’ – The Jewellery of John Donald, Andrew Grima and David Thomas

Friday 5th or Thursday 25th  Looking at three of the most important revolutionary designers of the 1960’s & 70’s, this presentation will illustrate the new creative style of design that was emerging in the jewellery world. These Jewellers bring a fresh approach to not only design, but the way jewellery was marketed, displayed and also worn.

Jewels of the Greek Royal Family

Saturday 6th, Thursday 18th or Friday 26th  The Greek royal family is a branch of the House of Glücksburg that reigned in Greece from 1863 to 1924 and again from 1935 to 1973. The family had one of the most impressive collections of royal jewellery. This lecture will follow the collection from Victorian times through to the present day and look at how the jewellery has been distributed over the decades, by marriage, throughout Europe

Bulgari

Wednesday 3rd – Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 and is considered one of the finest jewellers of the C20th. Their colourful creations have been found in many famous collections including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Hutton. This lecture will bring to life the importance of the Bulgari style, from the elegance in craftsmanship to the use of exquisite gemstones and their passion for Italian history.

MAY

Parisienne Chic – The Jewels of Juliette Moutard

Thursday 2nd, Friday 10th or Wednesday 15th Juliette Moutard created exquisite jewellery in the C20th for one of the top jewellery companies, René Boivin. She was strongly influenced by Suzanne Belperron who had worked at the firm previously. This lecture will showcase the work of one of the top designers who has been described as being “In the shadows” for much of the C20th.

Russian Mysteries – The Jewels of Lady Deterding

Friday 3rd, Thursday 9th or Saturday 18th SOLD OUT!!  (Waiting List only) Lady Lydia Deterding, born Lydia Pavlovna Kudoyarov, was married to the exceptionally wealthy Sir Henry Deterding, who had a very successful career in the oil industry. Her collection of jewellery is one which was essential for the life she led as part of international high society. This lecture will look at these exceptional jewels which included Russian pieces given to her by Grand Duke Cyril of Russia, who granted Lydia the title ‘Princess of the Don’ for her help aiding Russian emigrés.

Tiffany

Wednesday 22nd – This lecture will uncover that there is certainly more to Tiffany jewellery than the ‘little green box’!  Tiffany started making jewellery in America in the late C19th. During this lecture we will see how the firm developed, turned to advertising and introduced important designers such as Schlumberger, Paloma Picasso and Elsa Peretti to become the major brand it is today.

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