Brief: Museum of London to display mysterious Elizabethan 500-Piece collection

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"The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels" will run October 11, 2013 to April 27, 2013 and elucidate the mystery of the priceless 17th century collection.

 

BY MICHELLE NO

For the first time, the entirety of the Cheapside Hoard – a trove of Elizabeth and Stuart Era treasures – will go on display at the Museum of London. Discovered in 1912 in a London cellar, the 500-piece collection will include lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, two-meter chains of fine gold, and Indian rubies. The history of English trade never looked so good. To complement the show, co-sponsor Faberge will launch a worldwide ad campaign, while Master Perfumer Roja Dove will debut a Rose-Lavender-Tonka Bean perfume inspired by a gold, enamel, diamond, and opal-set scent bottle featured in the exhibition.

 

A gold pendant reliquary from the Cheapside Hoard, to be shown at Museum of London in autumn

A gold pendant reliquary from the Cheapside Hoard, to be shown at Museum of London in autumn.

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A gold, diamond and emerald brooch (or hat ornament) in the form of a salamander.