Coloured Gemstones: Standing the Test of Time

By katharina flohr on 30 Nov 2013

Fabergé green and pink multi coloured ringsFabergé spinel, emerald and sapphire ringsGold pendant set with emeralds and pink sapphires with a spinel drop from the Cheapside HoardEmerald watch from the Cheapside Hoard

Throughout history, fine coloured gemstones (emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, etc) have been more prominent and highly revered than diamonds and it is only in the last fifty years, following an extensive marketing campaign, that diamonds have become higher in demand. Read the full postRead the full post

Guest blog: Shaun Leane and the hidden jewels of the Cheapside Hoard

By shaun leane on 15 Oct 2013
Shaun Leane, presenter of BBC4's 'Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard' © BBC

Shaun Leane, presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard’ © BBC

Shaun Leane, award winning jewellery designer and presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard‘ writes about London craftsmanship and the mysteries contained in the Cheapside Hoard. Read the full postRead the full post

More on our museum explored events from your hosts

By visitor services on 14 Sep 2011

Hello everyone, Giusy here again from the Museum’s Visitor Services Team. I hope you read and enjoyed my last post on Ed’s mail making. You are still on time to catch up here if you haven’t! In this post I focus on the workshops developed by my colleagues Stephanie and Joanna. Stephanie has run a Victorian object handling workshop which has looked specifically at objects found in the kitchen and to do with food and drink, for example butter pats and toast forks. During the session she used pictures to illustrate how kitchens have changed over the time and she loved to talk about different […]