Pearls

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10.30am
Pearls: From Antiquity to the Renaissance
Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, Independent Jewellery Historian and co-curator of the Pearls Exhibition

11.30noon
Pearls: From the Baroque to the Present Day
Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

12.15pm
Lunch

1.45pm
Visit to the exhibition Pearls at the Victoria & Albert Museum

A pearl-drop earring worn by Charles1 at his execution in 1649, the Dagmar necklace gifted to Princess Alexandra on her marriage to the future Edward V11 in 1863, a maharaja’s coat embroidered with pearls, magnificent tiaras worn by European royalty and gorgeous pieces by Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Rene Lalique and Tiffany are just some of the highlights of this stunning exhibition. It will explore the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present day looking at the myths and legends surrounding the pearl and how it has been used as a symbol of power and wealth over the centuries in both the East and the West.

Meeting Place
The Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, London SW5