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26 February 2020Antique & Contemporary Jewellery
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Antique & Contemporary Jewellery Joanna Hardy Wednesday 26 February 2020

In the first lecture, Joanna discusses
How History and Fashion have influenced Jewellery Design 1800 – 1900

The French revolution of 1789 not only swept away the old regime, but also triggered a series of changes in habits, lifestyles, government, religion and calendar which were felt throughout Europe. Queen Victoria was expanding her wealthy empire and trade and commerce were flourishing both in France and England. The jewellery trade started to recover with the reversal of fortune and the exciting discoveries of ancient archaeological sites. The opportunities to travel meant that jewellery became an exciting addition to the ever increasing appetite for the new, the exotic and the unusual.

A second lecture explores the exciting world of Contemporary Jewellery 1960-2013

Joanna Hardy is the author of ‘Collect Contemporary Jewelry’ and is passionate about introducing newcomers to the delights of buying from craftsmen today. The lecture will start with revolutionary 1960s and discuss the importance of new material coming into the design world - from acrylic (fashionable again today) as well as titanium. Joanna will then conclude with an exploration of value, quality and design in today’s marketplace and show how forgotten or unloved jewels can be transformed into jewellery that can be worn and enjoyed once more.

 The afternoon session - How to get the most from your jewellery

Joanna will conduct a consultancy seminar where members have the opportunity to bring their own jewels along to be assessed as to their value or discuss the possibilities of altering their jewels if appropriate. 

Venue:   The Riverside Suite, The Bear Hotel, Hungerford
Tickets:  £35 to include refreshments
Tickets are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis from 9.30 am at the Arts Society Lectures in December 2019 and January 2020.
Due to the anticipated interest in this day, this will be a MEMBERS ONLY event and you may be asked to show ID on the day.