THE JEWELRY SHOP, IN ALL HIS SPLENDOR
For: Mª Mercedes Álvarez
Necklace - XVIIth century.
Seasoning - XIXth century.
Bracelets - XXIst century.
Brooch - XIXth century.
Pendants - XVIIIth century.
After several years from putting to point, the new gallery has been opened to the public with the Exhibition of the History of the European Jewelry shop in the Victory and Albert Museum of London. Impressive pieces of the most famous jewelers and goldsmiths of all the times can be admired in one of the most exquisite and finished samples of the world. From bracelets and necklaces of the Age of the Bronze up to contemporary jewelry realized with synthetic materials, happening for the classicism of the Renaissance, the show of the XVIIIth century and the freshness of the New art.
The Exhibition, it composes approximately 3.500 jewels centred fundamentally on the European history of last 800 years, although there are previous pieces, and that reflect the pomp of the court life of these centuries. This way, there can be admired the overloaded pendants and cameos that there took Reina Elizabeth I of England and the resplendent diamonds of Catalina la Grande of Russia. The Napoleonic epoch is represented by the famous emeralds Beauharnais given by Bonaparte to his adopted daughter, or the diamond tiaras shown by the empress Josefina. Fiancée's wonderful crowns are exhibited also in so costly golden filigree of the XVIIIth century, which frequently were rented.
Also there appear the works of almost 140 designers of jewels between which there are the most important goldsmiths of the XXth century, of New York, Paris, Italy, San Petesburgo and London: Fabergé, Boucheron, Poynter, Cartier, Lalique, Castellani, etc. Y the contemporary styles, like the rings in steel and acrylic material designed by Wendy Ramshow in 1970.
There can be admired haughty pieces of the modernist French jeweler René Lalique, and the famous person bandó “tutti fruti” of emeralds, sapphires, brilliant and rubies that Lady Mountbatten entrusted to Cartier. Also there appear two shining tiaras of diamonds of the same house, a bracelet of enamels and pearls of Boucheron and a golden bracelet with ruby centers and diamonds of Chaumet. Between the Fabergé objects there is a box of extracts realized in enamel with the stamp carved in diamond of czar Nicolás II, and of Sir Edward Poynter the famous necklace Helena de Troya.
The Victory and Albert Museum is especially rich in jewelry shop of the XIXth century, of which numerous pieces survive: brooches and seasonings realized in pavis of brilliant with floral motives and romantic style inspired by the world grecorromano and Renaissance, as well as adornments for the hair and beautiful cameos.
The exhibition has prospered, also, with jewels contributed by the collector Patricia V. Goldstein, with numerous pieces originated from Tiffany and Cartier.