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A History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor John Benjamin Wednesday 11 December 2019

The lecture will cover 400 years of international jewellery design, examining the changing styles from the pomp of High Renaissance enamelled gold work to the glamour of Harry Winston diamonds. This presentation covers many of the key elements of manufacture, history and diamond mining together with past and future designs. Other important areas covered include Cartier and the introduction of platinum jewellery as a statement of style and the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor. 

John Benjamin is a writer, broadcaster, speaker, jewellery expert and valuer on diamonds, gems and jewellery, John is a regular contributor to the BBC’s ever popular television series Antiques Roadshow.