Emeralds of the Cheapside Hoard

By sarah madden, blog editor on 12 Apr 2014
Emerald aigrette

Emerald aigrette

Some of the most stunning pieces of the Cheapside Hoard are made from emeralds, all of which come from Colombia. Revered far and wide due to their rarity, the majority of emeralds were smuggled or traded secretly by gem merchants, ending up in cities like London to be set into delicate and beautiful jewellery like that found in the hoard. Read the full postRead the full post

WIN a real amethyst!

By sarah madden, blog editor on 8 Apr 2014
An amethyst ring, part of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Unfortunately we're not giving this one away...

An amethyst ring, part of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Unfortunately we’re not giving this one away…

We can’t believe it – ‘The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels’ is almost over! To mark the closing few weeks of having these dazzling Tudor gems on display, we’ve teamed up with exhibition sponsor Gemfields for one last glittering giveaway. Read the full postRead the full post

Conserving the Cheapside Hoard

By catherine nightingale on 16 Feb 2014
A pendant from the Cheapside Hoard during conservation

A pendant from the Cheapside Hoard during conservation

At first glance, it is the fantastic gems which catch your eye – the range of stones and skilful cuts are breath-taking. It is only when the objects which make up the Cheapside Hoard are closely examined that the quality of the enamel work on the objects can truly be appreciated. Whilst conserving the objects for the current exhibition, it is the enamel that has really captured my imagination and my admiration. Read the full postRead the full post

Posy rings: Put a ring on it

By sarah madden, blog editor on 14 Feb 2014
A perfect token of mutual fidelity and love, the gimmel ring (from the Latin ‘gemellus’, meaning ‘twin’) is made from two interlocking gold bands with a bezel shaped like two clasped hands. The message of love is reinforced by a small heart on the uppermost hand and by a hidden message on the inside of each ring. When the rings are separated the message is revealed. One reads ‘AS HANDES DOE SHUT’, and the other, ‘SO HART BE KNIT.’

A gimmel ring (from the Latin ‘gemellus’, meaning ‘twin’) made from two interlocking gold bands with a bezel shaped like two clasped hands. When the bands are separated the message is revealed. One reads ‘AS HANDES DOE SHUT’, and the other, ‘SO HART BE KNIT.’

Expressing love with jewellery has been a tradition long adopted by lovers in London, and you have only to delve into our collection of ‘posy rings’ to see this reflected throughout the ages. Read the full postRead the full post

Unearthing the hoard: Mining for gemstones

By robert gessner on 17 Jan 2014

Coloured gemstone mining is mining like no other. This is so because all the mechanised mining and equipment that is used to strip the waste and expose the potential gem-bearing ore, is inferior to two of the greatest extraction tools in this world – a pair of hands. No piece of equipment can gently move this rock and forcefully chisel that rock to expose and extract some of the world’s rarest, most beautiful and sought-after natural objects. Read the full postRead the full post

Printing off the Cheapside Hoard: The Art of 3D Printing

By juno rae on 20 Nov 2013

Participant art created on iPadsParticipant art created on iPadsParticipants working on their jewellery designs3D printed jewellery3D printed jewellery

Earlier in the month, as part of the programme of events to celebrate The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels, the Museum of London ran a 3D printing workshop, offering participants an opportunity to design and 3D print their own unique jewellery items. Juno Rae, Digital Learning Programme Coordinator, writes about the workshop and the range of pieces created by participants. Read the full postRead the full post

Made in London designer profile: Imogen Belfield

By beatrice behlen on 18 Nov 2013

Imogen BelfieldRing by Imogen BelfieldRing by Imogen Belfield

London serves as a training ground, workshop, market place and inspiration to a large number of jewellery makers. Made in London: Jewellery Now explores the creations and unique vision of the most exciting, imaginative and boundary-pushing jewellers working in the capital today. In this blog series, exhibition curators Beatrice Behlen and Agata Belcen speak to the designers involved in the exhibition and discover what inspires them. Read the full postRead the full post

Made in London designer profile: Jordan Askill

By beatrice behlen on 13 Nov 2013

Jordan Askill is one of seven jewellery designers profiled in Museum of London's 'Made in London: Jewellery Now' exhibition, which opens on 21 November. Part of The Museum of London’s Jewellery Season, the exhibition brings together seven London-based contemporary jewellers. Delving into the creative processes and working methods of the designers, the exhibition paints a picture of London as a source of inspiration and innovation. Beyond presenting their work, the exhibition explores the unique professional identity of each designer, giving a snapshot of their world and imagination.Jordan AskillJordan Askill Panther Ring

London serves as a training ground, workshop, market place and inspiration to a large number of jewellery makers. Made in London: Jewellery Now explores the creations and unique vision of the most exciting, imaginative and boundary-pushing jewellers working in the capital today. In this blog series, exhibition curators Beatrice Behlen and Agata Belcen speak to the designers involved in the exhibition and discover what inspires them. Read the full postRead the full post

Printing off the Cheapside Hoard: Preparing for The Art of 3D Printing

By juno rae on 24 Oct 2013

Dress button, early 17th century3D printing a floral mount3D printing a floral mount3D-printed-floral-mountResources and decorative supplies

This November, as part of the programme of events to celebrate The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels, the Museum of London will be running a 3D printing workshop, offering participants an opportunity to design and 3D print their own unique jewellery items. Juno Rae, Digital Learning Programmes Coordinator, writes about the cutting edge technology involved and her preparations for the weekend event. Read the full postRead the full post