London's Cheapside Hoard is a unique collection of nearly 500 late-16th and early-17th century jewels and gemstones that were discovered in 1912.(Source: cntv.cn)
BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- London's Cheapside Hoard is a unique collection of nearly 500 late-16th and early-17th century jewels and gemstones that were discovered in 1912. Now, for the first time in a hundred years, the whole collection is going on display at the Museum of London.
Shining, shimmering and with a touch of mystery.
Behind tight security, the Museum of London is displaying its new exhibition. The Cheapside Hoard is a priceless collection of jewels and gemstones featuring precious materials from around the world, and discovered in a very unlikely place.
The Cheapside Hoard is the world’s largest collection of Elizabethan and early-Stewart jewellery, almost five hundred pieces in total. And it was found by chance in Cheapside in the city of London just five minutes walk from the museum in 1912 by workmen who were demolishing a building put up just after the great fire, said curator Hazel Forsyth.
Perhaps one of the finest jewels in the Cheapside Hoard is this salamander brooch. With emeralds from Columbia, diamonds from India and enamelling completed in Europe, this piece demonstrates London’s standing as the heart of the international gemstone trade during the 1600s.
"The salamander jewel, I think, is particularly charming as a piece of jewellery....what makes it such an enchanting piece and significant for the hoard is that the salamander by tradition was a creature that was supposed to have withstood and be in fact nourished by fire," Forsyth said.