Is all that glitters gold?

As you’ll know from my previous posts about days out in London (Can you have a village feel in the heart of London? and Is there anything better than spending time in a City you love?) I love exploring the capital and all that it is has to offer.  However, in all this time, I’ve not managed to visit the Victoria and Albert museum (V&A).  That was until my most recent visit at the end of November.

As you’ll remember I was in London for afternoon tea at The Dorchester (Would afternoon tea everyday be too indulgent?) but before this I had the chance to make my first visit to the V&A.  It was quite a trek to get there through the underground, but once we were inside it was very much worth it. Picking up a map at the entrance we used it to decide what to see.  We had about three hours and we certainly weren’t going to be able to look at everything.  The silver, metals and jewellery floor was the one that seemed to offer something for everyone.  We certainly weren’t disappointed with our choice, there were so many fabulous pieces.

Here are my favourites from the silver and metal objects.

gates from Kiev Monastery – 1784


snuff box a young woman in a blue dress – 1785 ~90
snuff box – 1768
Fredrick the Great snuff boxes with diamonds – 1765
Numberg partridge cup – 1600
Center piece
pudding trowl – 18th century
salt cellars – 1778~79
Ewer – 1580
Crown from Statue of Virgin Mary – 1760
Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photos in the jewellery section, but let me tell you there were some magnificent tiaras, necklaces, bracelets and rings made from every stone you can think of including diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, including some from Cartier.
We made sure we had enough time to visit the V&A shop, which of course sold an array of quality gifts.
Having now had a taste of what the V&A can offer, I am keen to go back and explore more, but I think I will have to make this my one and only destination for the day.
I loved exploring these treasures…….why not visit and find out for yourself what the V&A has to offer!
Lula Belle x

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