Ja­cobean Jewels

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The Cheap­side Hoard: Lon­don’s Lost Jewels, at The Mu­seum of Lon­don, Lon­don. On till April 27, 2014.

It was in 1912 in Lon­don that a few work­men, while dig­ging on Cheap­side Street, dis­cov­ered the hoard, a box full of glit­ter­ing jew­ellery. Cheap­side was the hub of all things lux­ury, and the trea­sure was found in an old wooden box, at a place where a well-known gold­smith worked. Nearly 500 items lay within, from Byzan­tine cameos and pearls that Queen El­iz­a­beth I might have worn, to a spec­tac­u­lar watch, set in a sin­gle Colom­bian emer­ald the size of a small ap­ple. The dis­cov­ery is said to be one of the most re­mark­able finds of the 21st cen­tury. But the loot found at Cheap­side is more than that—it in­forms one of the fash­ions of the late 16th-17th cen­turies, some of which are close to our In­dian aes­thet­ics. And now, for the first time in a cen­tury, the col­lec­tion will be dis­played to the pub­lic in its en­tirety.

Ruby and di­a­mon

Cheap­side Hoard ex­hibit at the Mu­seum of Lon­don A watch set in a sin­gle Colom­bian emer­ald crys­tal, circa 1600

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