The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels

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Museum of London

Until Mon Apr 28

  • Cheapside Hoard

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    Selection of items from the Cheapside Hoard. The Cheapside Hoard was uncovered by workmen during demolition work at 30-32 Cheapside in 1912.

    Cheapside Hoard
  • Emerald Watch

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    Emerald Watch
  • Scent Bottle

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    Gold scent bottle enamelled white and set with opaline chalcedony plaques, rubies, spinels and diamonds, with a gold suspension chain. Part of the Cheapside Hoard. This richly decorated bottle was designed to contain perfume made from flower distillations

    Scent Bottle
  • Salamander Brooch

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    Salamander Brooch
  • Quartz Cat's Eye Carved Monkey

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    Quartz Cat's Eye Carved Monkey
  • Gold and Enamel Chain

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    Gold and Enamel Chain
  • Emerald Carved Parrott

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    Emerald Carved Parrott
  • Bloodstone Strawberry Leaf

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    Bloodstone Strawberry Leaf
  • Fake Spinel

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    Fake Spinel
  • Cheapside Conservator

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    Cheapside Conservator
  • Carved Byzantine Amethyst

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    Carved Byzantine Amethyst
  • Reliquary Locket

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    Reliquary Locket

Cheapside Hoard

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Selection of items from the Cheapside Hoard. The Cheapside Hoard was uncovered by workmen during demolition work at 30-32 Cheapside in 1912.

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The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels 2014

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carole willatt

I was not sure what to expect but what I did find was fascinating. The jewellery was amazing, some of the pieces were so delicate. How did they make such tiny tiny intricate pieces of jewellery? We tend to think that only the immediate Royal family wore such expensive necklaces, rings and earrings but this exhibition brought the times right to our doorstep, it was an insight into how the merchant class was rising in wealth and aped the more richer in their society. The Emerald watch was one of the pieces that I could not take my eyes from, the exhibition supplied magnifiying glasses which helped to see close up how wonderful they all were. Even my 12 year old grandson thought it was "really interesting". I think the the portraits were particularly helpful as you could see how the jewellery was used, but seeing the real thing was magic.

Darren Ross

I was lucky enough to see the preview of this exhibition. Although I have zero interest in jewellery, just about every single item in the collection saw me repeating the words 'fantastic' and 'unbelievable'. The wonder lies not in the size but in the delicacy - necklaces formed from dozens of tiny enamelled flowers; a salamander created from emerald and gold, just a couple of inches long but which looks like it could skitter off on its crafted legs; earrings made crafted from rubies and garnets to look like fat, juicy grapes but mere millimetres across. It seems the exhibition is made up of dozens of tiny, dazzling universes. Trying to choose your favourite piece is practically impossible - I could only narrow it down to a tiny squirrel, a tiny parrot, a decorative purse in the shape of a delightful frog, and a Swiss pocket watch with alarm and calendar from 1600 (!). I'm utterly inexpert on this subject but what I saw dazzled me fit to blast my eyes from my sockets. I thoroughly recommend.