GIA to host traditional jewels of Europe talk

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Author Jane Perry to present session on history of jewellery design.

The Gemological Institute of America will play host to a special talk focused on ancient European jewellery this month, welcoming guest speaker Jane Perry.

The talk, The Traditional Jewellery of Europe, will focus on jewellery worn with traditional dress and national or regional costumes. The jewellery presented will be quite conservative compared to typical fashion jewellery, having changed very little over time.

Perry will discuss how metal is often a large part of traditional jewellery design, with gemstones playing a secondary role.

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The talk, however, promises to be a “fresh view of the subject”. It will outline the variance in traditional jewellery from Europe from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. It will also discuss the use of gemstones and simulants such as glass and paste in jewellery.

Perry has an advertising background but moved into the study of jewellery design, with a particular focus on Victoriana. She has written several articles and hosted many talks on traditional jewels and is the author of A Collectors Guide to Peasant Silver Buttons. At present she is writing a book on European traditional jewellery for London’s V&A museum, where she is also a volunteer in the metalwork Collection.

The lecture will take place on November 30 at the GIA London campus from 6.30pm. Mince pies will also be served at the talk.
 

 

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