Oh, to be in London this fall.  Starting in October, the Museum of London will be showcasing the Cheapside Hoard.  This stash of almost 500 pieces of 17th Century jewellery was a goldsmith’s stock.  It was found in 1912, excavated by workers in a London cellar.  Among the items in the Hoard are necklaces, brooches, chains, cameos, scent bottles, fan holders, and loose gemstones.  I wish I found such gorgeous things when I did my renovations.

Cheapside Hoard Emerald Watch
This watch was carved from a solid emerald that was originally the size of an apple. Spectacular!

 

Reference: The Guardian

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