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PICTURES: Cheapside Hoard jewels to go on display at Museum of London

A selection of items from the Cheapside Hoard. Picture: Museum of London A selection of items from the Cheapside Hoard. Picture: Museum of London

Thursday, October 10, 2013
12:45 PM

A dazzling haul of jewels, including finger rings, Byzantine cameos and cascading necklaces, will go on display at the Museum of London tomorrow.

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The Cheapside Hoard, which was found more than 100 years ago under a cellar floor, has been dated to having been buried between 1640 and 1666.

Including nearly 500 pieces, the hoard is now known to be a jeweller’s stock-in-trade. The collection of jewels is the City of London’s most exquisite stash of buried treasure.

The exhibition, opening at the Museum of London on October 11, marks the first time that the Cheapside Hoard has been displayed in its entirety since its chance discovery deep under a cellar floor in London’s Cheapside in 1912.

From the emerald mines of Colombia to the diamond gravels of India and pearl banks of Bahrain, pieces from the hoard that will go on display hail from all corners of the world, showcasing London’s role in the international gem trade in an age of global conquest and exploration.

The Cheapside Hoard will be displayed alongside rarely seen portraits, multimedia installations and historical objects from the Museum of London’s collection, painting a picture of the fashions and culture at play in Tudor and early Stuart London.

Sharon Ament, director of the museum said: “The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels showcases the very best of the Museum of London.

“Our vision is to create a revitalised, world-class museum through state-of-the-art galleries and exhibitions jam-packed with ground-breaking research and historical objects.

“The Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. And, as London’s most exciting stash of buried treasure, the Cheapside Hoard tells a thrilling tale of mystery and discovery, with every jewel and gemstone unlocking a story.”

The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels will be at the Museum of London from October 11 2013 to April 27 2014.

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