SPARKLE PLENTY: London is having an Elizabethan moment. A show of Tudor and Stuart fashion is currently taking place at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and now The Museum of London, in conjunction with Fabergé and Gemfields, is set to unveil Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels.
The Cheapside Hoard is the country’s largest single collection of Elizabethan and Early Stuart jewelry. Discovered during a building renovation in 1912, the jewels had been stored in a cellar on Cheapside in East London, a jewelry-making hub, and longtime home to the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of London’s great livery companies.
The 500-piece collection features cameos and necklaces, rings and watches, and will be displayed alongside historical objects, portraits, and installations. “From construction techniques, once used but now forgotten, to what the Cheapside Hoard can tell us about the jewelry and gemstone trade at the time, this exhibition will tackle many unanswered questions, bringing to life Elizabethan and Early Stuart London in new and exciting ways,” said Hazel Forsyth, exhibition curator.
“Ever since the unexpected discovery in June 1912, the Cheapside Hoard has been swathed in mystery, rich in questions that had been left unanswered for too long,” she added. The show will run from October 11th through April 27th, 2014.