As a child did you ever dream of finding treasure? Maybe pearls in a cupboard, or pearls under a floor board?
100 years ago while workmen were demolishing a building in Cheapside, London, they came across Pearls, Diamonds, Sapphires, Amethysts, Garnets, Rubies and many other stunning gems, that dated back as far as the 16th and 17th century!
Within the collection were several pearl bracelets and pearl necklaces as well as emerald pins, diamond rings and amethyst necklaces.
The treasure was discovered buried below the cellar floor of a jewellers’ workshop. But why had the jewels been buried in the first place?
Hazel Forsyth, the curator at the British Museum says that the English Civil War is the most likely explanation as it erupted in 1642, devastating the luxury trade and spreading fear throughout London causing many jewellers to bury their gems for safety. “An awful lot of goldsmiths and jewellers went, the records say, to be soldiers – and a very large proportion didn’t come back.”
The whole collection of priceless jewellery gives a rare glimpse into the fashion, taste and craftsmanship of the time.
Known as The Cheapside Hoard, you can view it at the Museum of London until April 27th.
If you would like to own your very own treasure then pop into Coleman Douglas Pearls, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where we have a stunning range of Pearls in a wide variety of shapes, colours and sizes.
A member of our Pearl Team will guide you around the pearl designs , helping you choose the best pearl jewellery to suit you.
Fancy designing one-of-a-kind Bespoke jewellery? Make an appointment with our Pearl Specialist and Designer, Chrissie Douglas, and start creating unique jewellery you will treasure for a lifetime.