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

The Museum of London’s record-breaking year!

By sarah madden, blog editor on 12 Mar 2014
A crowd of Late London revellers doing the 'one million' dance.

A crowd of Late London revellers doing the ‘one million’ dance.

This year has been a busy one for the museum with the launch of The Cheapside Hoard and preparations already underway for Sherlock Holmes, and we’re thrilled to announce that as of last week, one million people visited the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands in just 11 months! Read the full postRead the full post

All salamanders great and small…

By sarah madden, blog editor on 26 Feb 2014

The Cheapside Hoard's salamander escapes onto the Museum of London rotunda

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed two big, green, crawling new additions to the Museum of London’s iconic rotunda. Measuring 10 metres across, these reptilian beasts represent one of the most delicate and exquisite pieces of jewellery found in the Cheapside Hoard – a golden brooch, set with Columbian emeralds and Indian diamonds and speckled with intricately painted enamel. 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

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

And a partridge in a pear tree…?

By jackie keily on 1 Jan 2014
A gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.

A gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.

In Elizabethan London, New Year’s Day was the big time to give and receive gifts, particularly at court. The tradition appears to date back to at least the 13th century but under Queen Elizabeth I it reached new heights in terms of the extravagance and range of the gifts given. Read the full postRead the full post

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

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

Meet the museum: Jackie Keily, Archaeological Collections Curator

By jackie keily on 19 Oct 2013
Jackie Keily, Archaeological Collections Curator with chains from the Cheapside Hoard.

Jackie Keily, Archaeological Collections Curator with chains from the Cheapside Hoard.

Every wondered what it’s like to work in a museum? In this blog series, we introduce you to staff from all three sites of the Museum of London and various different departments. This week Jackie Keily, Archaeological Collections and Archive Curator, takes us through a perfect day in London and gives us a glimpse into the work she does at the Museum of London. Read the full postRead the full post