Today I made the most of it being Sunday (and having an extra hour in the day!) by indulging in The William & Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the V&A. With jewellery from as far back as 1200AD, there are some real treats on show, from Etruscan body adornments and Papal jewellery, to Memento Mori rings, stone-encrusted swords and Faberge figurines.
The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the V&A. Image courtesy of suite101.com
Sadly photos weren't allowed (to my dismay and the confusion of some snap-happy tourists), so I may try and go back another time to get some more detailed descriptions of pieces; in the mean time they have a superb online 'portal' for exploring some of the key pieces in the collection.
As with any museum trip, the shop is the part I often most look forward to - and the V&A never disappoints. In their little bookshop I spotted Fashion Jewellery: Catwalk and Couture, a recently released book by Maia Adams, documenting some of today's most inspiring and alluring fashion jewellery. Focusing on 33 designers, including Alexis Bittar, Scott Wilson and Wouters & Hendrix, it profiles their styles and methods in a beautifully compiled book that will be dogeared within hours once I own it (come on, pay day!). Detailed pictures, great biographies and perfectly-timed - considering fashion jewellery is one of the fastest growing areas of retail today. Just what us jewellery geeks have been waiting for!
The cover of Fashion Jewellery: Catwalk and Couture, by Maia Adams