V&A: Pearls



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An incredible array of over 200 jewels and other works of art are on display at the V&A’s Pearls exhibition, exploring the history and cultural symbolism of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present day, and showcasing such iconic objects as the pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his execution, and the necklace given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954.

With the runaway success of its David Bowie retrospective and recent exhibition of Hollywood costumes, the V&A Museum in London is renowned for having its finger on the pulse when it comes to British culture and global trends. So it is no coincidence that, in a year which has seen pearl jewellery return to the forefront of fashion, the V&A is devoting an entire exhibition this autumn to the fascinating pearlescent orbs that have long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour.

- www.thejewelleryeditor.com

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