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All that glitters isn’t gold: come and marvel at London’s lost jewels

Posted at 10:00 am, June 12, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

Admittedly, we’re not experts on jewellery. But unlike our crappy Urban Outfitters necklaces, the Museum of London has found an ancient artifact that is to be celebrated for being a bit green around the edges. Behold, the Cheapside Hoard.

This London legend is a previously overlooked selection of gemstones that until recently were just your bogstandard magpie-fodder. Then, in a Dickinson’s Real Deals kinda moment of unmitigated joy, pieces such as the above Columbian watch revealed themselves to be some of the largest and most revered rocks of Elizabethan and Early Stuart history, originating around the 1600s.

According to the experts, the gems’ discovery is paramount in centuries of speculation. Hazer Forsyth, the exhibition curator said of the Hoard:

‘Ever since the unexpected discovery in June 1912, the Cheapside Hoard has been swathed in mystery, rich in questions that had been left unanswered for too long. The Stafford intaglio has been absolutely vital in shedding new light on the collection, providing crucial dating evidence for the deposition of the Hoard between 1640 and 1666, and making a specific link to an individual who had international connections and a penchant for collecting gems and antiquities.’

The Cheapside Hoard will nestle aside other rare wonders from centuries long gone, ranging from the Tudor times to the Stuarts. For more info, see museumoflondon.org.uk.

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