Jewellery Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum - FREE - ★★★★☆ - 2019


Opened in 2008 and refurbished in 2019, this wonderful gallery in the V&A appeals to all ages. With the recent updating of the displays and the addition of many new exhibits, now including Queen Victoria's sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert and Beyoncé's papillon ring, it is even more intriguing. Jewellery is a particularly intimate and personal form of art which is often the source for fascinating stories about the creators and wearers. This is a special area of the V&A and it is well worth exploring. The rooms are beautifully designed to show off their treasures in a way that charms but does not overwhelm. The fascination of jewellery dates from prehistoric times and the tracing of its design through various periods is quite captivating. We were particularly struck by some of the lovely art nouveau and art deco pieces. Don't miss the beautiful collection of art deco vanity cases lent to the gallery by Kashmira Busara in memory of brother Freddy Mercury. It's up the whimsical winding staircase!

Reviewed by J.C.


 Our Score:  ☆☆☆★ 

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
All year in 2019
Sat - Thurs: 10 am - 5:45 pm 
Fri: 10 am - 10 pm
The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery,  Rooms 91 - 93
Victoria & Albert Museum
Nearest tube: South Kensington
https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/jewellery

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