V&A goes diving for pearls

Date Posted: 13/09/2013

An exhibition focussing on the history of natural pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present, will run from the 21st September to 19th January at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The gemstones are treasured for their beauty and have been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour across cultures for centuries.

Highlights on display at Pearls include a 16th-century salamander pendant, delicate art nouveau pieces, a group of magnificent tiaras worn by European royalty and a pair of drop pearl earrings owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

There will also be robes embroidered in pearls worn by Far Eastern rulers.

Painted portraits and photographs will document the fashion for wearing pearls and their symbolism in eastern and western culture.

In addition, the exhibition will examine early experiments in developing cultured pearls and how Kokichi Mikimoto in Japan made them affordable for all women.

For further school trip information visit www.vam.ac.uk.

Photo credit: Albion Art.

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