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From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and Fashion from 1890—1929
Andrew Prince Tuesday 26 February 2019

For the series Downton Abbey, Andrew was commissioned to produce many jewels for the main characters, and this inspired him to create a talk based on Downton and the changing styles of the time portrayed.  Jewellery and Fashion are often seen as two entirely separate and distinct fields of design, but this is very far from the case.  In his talk Andrew guides you through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. Along with this he discusses the clients and patrons who commissioned the    jewels and how they were worn with the sumptuous gowns.


Biographical note; Andrew Prince has had a passion for the jewellery since he was a small child. In 1980, when he was nine, Andrew's mother took him to the Princely Magnificence exhibition at the V&A, exhibiting Renaissance jewels dating from 1500 to 1630. It proved a revelation. Dazzled by the splendour and opulence of the jewels on show, Andrew decided then and there that creating jewellery was what he wanted to devote his life to.   Andrew started work in London’s Bond Street, working for The Antiques Roadshow expert Ian Harris. He then joined the renowned contemporary jeweller Elizabeth Gage and worked with her on the design and production side. Andrew's taste for fine 'costume jewellery' can be traced back to an antique market, where he  realised that  beautiful jewellery didn't require expensive stones.  In 2012, he was chosen by the creators of Downton Abbey to supply a large collection of jewellery.