From the Victoria and Albert Museum comes the EXCLUSIVE Inspired! Collection.
The V & A is home to more than 5 million jaw dropping artefacts from the world’s wealthiest cultures and its significant collections have inspired and educated for more than 150 years.
You can read about the history here.
The collection traces from Byzantine times to the modern day and is uniquely different to all other jewellery collections.
This fine particular piece of jewellery caught my eye in Edgecombs Jewellers.
I didn’t particularly like it in the box, but when I tried it on it looked so elegant!!!!
It is called “Cupid’s Arrow Necklace” and is gold plated, with fresh water pearl drops on a faux pearl necklace, and depicting Cupid, this piece takes as its influence an enamelled pendant from South Germany, circa 1600.
Cupid was the Roman God of Love, and in classical mythology is allegorically defined as “desire, attraction and affection” usually shown as a naked, winged boy with a bow and an arrow (often portrayed as the son of the love goddess.) Hence, the saying “playing Cupid” noting a romantic relationship.
When I put it on I feel very elegant and ready to step out in style.
The range has been created from the extensive archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the worlds greatest museum of decorative art and design.
It has definitely added some sparkle in my life and if you know me, I love my pearls! Especially real ones.
There is a section on jewellery on the V&A website. I absolutely love the collection as it is inspired from other artefacts and have a particularly remarkable, distinctive look such as the Single Oak Leaf Necklace by Michael Vincent Michaud as there are only two left!!!!!
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Along with a very elegant look, I have a very elegant book!
Beautifully written so far based in the 19th century English Victorian Period, 1837. An eighteen year old woman has to be Queen, the most influential woman in the most powerful nation of the world. Alexandrina chooses to be called by her middle name, Victoria.
They all want to see her get married. She has no intention of getting married to her cousin, Albert….. Lord Melbourne seems the exception though. Even though he is Prime Minister of Britain, he seems to make her laugh but her Uncle Leopold wants her to marry Albert so she doesn’t have to live in her “giddy ways”. He seems to think Albert will make her stable and lead her in the future (of the British crown). It is also her job to appoint a new prime minister, so what will happen between her and Lord Melbourne?
I am up to Chapter Two of Book Two so it has left me with romance and suspense! It certainly has me reading on.
Historical romance at its BEST!!!!!
Famous historian, Amanda Foreman said “Captivating. The author breathes new life into Victoria’s story, and does so with sensitivity, verve and wit”. Amanda is the author of “Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire” which I started reading in Merredin but never finished. Will have to look for it in the Scarborough library!!!!! I am definitely going to go back to reading it.
Also, If you are looking for something with a budget, check out these V&A Fine Bone China Mug Collections.