A king's ransom in gold jewellery is currently on display in London. The priceless exhibits?
A king's ransom in gold jewellery is currently on display in London. The priceless exhibits range from the treasures of ancient Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome to a variety of modern pieces made during the last decade. These come from the collection of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the ancient London guild, which has organised the exhibition in association with the South African Chamber of Mines.
Our coverage gives a cross section of the works of art on display, including an ancient British torque of 1000 B.C., a floral spray set with diamonds once owned by Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, and a selection of modern pieces.
SYNOPSIS: Londoners are gripped by an outbreak of gold fever at the moment. After the dazzling treasures of the Egyptian boy king Tutankhamen, there's now an exhibition tracing the development of gold jewellery during the last five-thousand years. It has been organised jointly in London and South Africa, and is being staged in the Goldsmith's Hall, London.
From the Renaissance, a ram pendant studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls.
Another gold pendant, similarly bejewelled, shows the adoration of the Magi. It's worth fifteen-thousand pounds.
This gold torque dates back from a thousand years B.C. It was discovered in Wales by a miner who mistook the metal for brass.
From ancient to modern -- a work in gold and silver by a contemporary California jeweller.
A London woman jeweller created this gold ring set with three green moonstones, one of the less expensive items at three-hundred and fifty pounds sterling.
From the same designer comes another gold ring set with a cabochon emerald.
A young Chelsma goldsmith created this gold cartwheel broach, set with a single pearl. But one of the most extravagant exhibits is a floral spray, inset with silver and diamonds, from the former crown jewels of Russia's Catherine the Great.