The V&A has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the world. The jewellery collection, contains over 6000 items and includes works dating from Ancient Egypt to the present day, as well as jewellery designs on paper.
The museum owns pieces by renowned jewellers Cartier, Jean Schlumberger, Peter Carl Fabergé, Hemmerle and Lalique. Other items in the collection include diamond dress ornaments made for Catherine the Great, bracelet clasps once belonging to Marie Antoinette, and the Beauharnais emerald necklace presented by Napoleon to his adopted daughter Hortense de Beauharnais in 1806.
The museum also collects international modern jewellery by designers such as Gijs Bakker, Onno Boekhoudt, Peter Chang, Gerda Flockinger, Lucy Sarneel, Dorothea Prühl and Wendy Ramshaw.
Learn more about the Museum’s exquisite collection here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/j/jewellery/