Georgian ring

The Georgian Jewel

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Lecturer: JOHN BENJAMIN

Eighteenth century jewellery is largely misunderstood and is sadly neglected today.  In a world wholly focused on fabulous gems, jewellery which fetch millions at international auction and diamonds bought for investment rather than their innate beauty there seems to be little time and even less interest in Regency shoe buckles, dainty Posy Rings and intimate lockets conveying messages of love.  John Benjamin’s new talk examines the jewellery of what, in reality, was an innovative and fascinating period of jewellery design and explores many of the key themes, inspirations and gems used in this most elegant of eras – from the soft twinkling diamonds of Queen Anne to the sumptuous Parures typifying the stylish exuberance of William IV.

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture may be delivered via Zoom. TBC