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The history of jewellery with John Benjamin

Sunday 7 October 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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John Benjamin, a noted jewellery expert and regular contributor to BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow will give a talk on The History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor followed by a workshop and jewellery appraisal on Sunday 7 October 2018, at the Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon.

John’s lecture will focus on the entire spectrum of international jewellery design over 450 years. He will examine changing styles from the pomp of High Renaissance enamelled gold work to the glamour of Harry Winston diamonds. The presentation covers many of the key elements of manufacture, including the progress of diamond cutting, Neo-classicism and Romanticism, 19th Century Archaeological and Renaissance Revivalism, the impact of diamond mining in South Africa, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco, Post War Modernism and designs of the future. Other important areas covered include Cartier and the introduction of platinum jewellery as a statement of style and the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor.

After the lecture and following a break for refreshments, John will run a workshop where you are encouraged to bring along a maximum of two items of jewellery to the workshop where John will discuss in open forum the age, description and value of each item. (He requests no watches please).

John has carried out around 150 of these workshops in the UK and uses a safe and secure method of assessing jewellery items, but naturally insurance and liability will remain the responsibility of the owners.

This event is presented by the Wellington Decorative and Fine Arts Society and this is a special offer of a limited number of tickets available to the Friends of Te Papa.

Feature image: Detail from: Bracelet, 1880- 1900, New Zealand, by Anton Teutenberg. Purchased 2013. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (GH024223)


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Sunday 7 October 2018
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Royal Society of New Zealand
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