DECEMBER

‘Surrealism Meets Beauty’ – The Art of Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli

Saturday 8th or Thursday 13th

Elsa Schiaparelli brought the world of Surrealism to fashion and inspired jewellery designers such as Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Triolet and Alberto Giacometti to produce stunning collections, sold under Schiaparelli’s name. This presentation will look at her inspiration and most importantly her collaborations with Salvador Dali and his brilliance as a jewellery designer.

‘Stunning Beauty’ – The Jewellery Collection of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret

Friday 7th, Saturday 15th or Wednesday 19th SOLD OUT!  WAITING LIST ONLY

The jewellery collection of Princess Margaret was as magnificent as her beauty and complimented her fashion sense and lifestyle. As we look at her stunning collection, sold in 2006 by Christie’s, we will be lost in a world of antique and contemporary jewellery and accompanied by fascinating tales of their acquisition and owner.

JANUARY

‘Welcome to the High Life’ – The jewels of Marjorie Merriweather Post

Friday 11th, Saturday 26th, or Thursday 31st

Marjorie Merriweather Post is well known as one of the most important collectors of Cartier Jewellery. This presentation will look further into her collection and see how she loved all styles, spanning centuries of design. Her collection has been described as being on the same level of collecting as Elizabeth Taylor and the Duchess of Windsor. If so, then this lecture is definitely one not to be missed – what better way to see off those January blues!              

Pearl Mysteries

Thursday 12th or Friday 25th

Cleopatra, Maria de Medici and Elizabeth Taylor are amongst a number of important figures associated with famous pearls that will be discussed during this presentation. From love to tragedy, we will see how powerful the pearl has been in history and the legacy they have left.

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 7th, Friday 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’.

APRIL

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

Friday 5th, Thursday 25th or Saturday 27th 

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

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.