Old stuff

July 4, 2008

I am rather keen on some of the ancient jewellery at the British Museum.

In particular I’m quite partial to stuff made from gold, lapis lazuli and carnelian beads, like this stuff from Ancient Mesopotamia. I’ve never done any beading but it makes me want to try some with semi precious gemstones.

(Beads and pendants from Ur, Southern Iraq, about 2600-2400BC)

(Headdress and necklace, from grave 800, the Royal Cemetery of Ur, Southern Iraq, Early Dynastic III, about 2600BC)

I also like the idea of the fibula. It’s a brooch but also a safety pin. Very practical!

(Two gold fibulae from Maroni, Cyprus, about 1050BC)

and bring back the body chain:

(Gold Body Chain from the Hoxne Hoard – Roman Britain, buried in C5th AD, Suffolk)



June 1, 2008

The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery finally opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum last week. I can’t wait to take a look.