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Gathering Inspiration

For the first time in two and a half years, I made it up to London to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. I used to go at least once a month but since the world turned upside I haven't been. I am hoping to return more regularly again.


Like always the V&A is a special visit. I visited the Beatrice Potter Exhibition, her illustration and life story is amazing and fascinating. I then went around the permanent fixtures fashion, customer and theatre and then Jewellery.


I have been in there once or twice before but now through the lens of someone who makes jewellery. I wanted to gather some inspiration. It is something I used to do when I used to make clothes and fashion. nothing gets the creative juices flowing than looking around some of the greatest pieces of work and artistry.


Obviously, I make very different jewellery to what is featured in the V&A exhibit but the beautiful and vibrant gems and the designs were so amazing and inspiring from the 1600s to 2022 there is so much to see.



Necklace in the V&A; Gold with Emeralds
Necklace in the V&A


Necklace in the V&A Gold Chocker Style Necklace
Necklace in the V&A

Necklace in the V&A Gold Necklace highly detailed
Necklace in the V&A

Rings in the V&A Amazing selection of rings.
Rings in the V&A

What surprised me though was a small inclusion of modern-day pieces not because they were modern but because they were made from traditional precious materials like the rest of the pieces.


Necklace in the V&A Made from Thermal Acrylic Sheets
Necklace in the V&A Made from Thermal Acrylic Sheets

A statement (to say the least) made from thermal manipulated acrylic sheets really caught my eye the colour and design were breathtaking. Practical? No, but that's not really the point I suspect


Broach in the V&A Pink peony
Broach in the V&A Pink peony

Broach in the V&A Pink peony
Back of the Broach in the V&A Pink peony

Towards the end was a two again statement piece a Butterfly that flutters as you move belonging to and donated by Beyonce. And next to it is a broch of a peony. It was absolutely stunning. The vivid pink and the details were to die for.


So overall and really fun and inspirational trip and I can't wait to go again soon!



Beyonce's Butterfly Ring, in the V&A
Beyonce's Butterfly Ring, in the V&A


Back of Beyonce's Butterfly Ring, in the V&A
Back of Beyonce's Butterfly Ring, in the V&A





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