Today I went to the V&A with one of my dearest friends, and fellow jewellery lover! We spent almost two hours looking at the jewellery on show; if you've been before you'll realise that's quite a long time considering the room is about 20m²!
The contemporary jewels never seem to grab my attention as much as the old, so we started in the corner of jewellery from around 300BC. It blows me away not only how intricately and well made they are, but also how 'on trend' they are now; ancient styles that have been mimicked by the likes of Cartier and Tiffany!
We moved slowly around the room looking at every piece, one by one, until my eyes clapped on a ring from circa 1600AD. I couldn't look away, it was so stunning! Old cut triangular and square rock crystals set in a gold ring. Sadly there were not many details available about the ring, but I drew some sketches and wrote down everything there was to know, and in the book shop I was lucky enough to find a photo of it!
I'm going to store this beauty away in the back of my mind, and one day if I stumble across those old cut rock crystals I'll have to make myself one similar.
the ring...is a masterpiece of the Renaissance goldsmith. It combined the precision of the sculptor with the taste of the painter." Pierre Woeirist