Made in London designer profile: Duffy

By beatrice behlen on 25 Nov 2013

Duffy in his Shoreditch studioSkull rings by DuffyJeweller Duffy's work station

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

The Cheapside Hoard: A spectacular find

By hazel forsyth on 27 Sep 2013

Gold finger ring from the Cheapside Hoard, 16th-17th centurySelection of necklaces from the Cheapside Hoard: 16th - 17th cenPendant reliquary in the form of a gold cross: 16th - 17th centuEmerald stone carved in to the form of a parrot: 16th- 17th centCheapside Hoard Copyright Museum of LondonCheapside Hoard Copyright Museum of LondonA gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.Jewelled scented bottle of white enamel and gold: 16th - 17th ceSelection of items from Cheapside Hoard: 16th- 17th century

Shoppers rushing along Oxford and Regent Street, bulging bags in tow, may not be aware that Cheapside was once the busiest and most renowned of all markets and thoroughfares in London. Once heaving with street traders, luxury merchants and goldsmiths, citizens flocked to its shops for everything from spices and haberdashery to silks, gold, silver and jewels.

It was here that a great treasure lay buried for almost three hundred years. Read the full postRead the full post