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