Used to commemorate marriage, lineage and power, jewelry’s use as a marker of dynasty, and the significance of gems in this symbolic exchange will be examined. Participants will visit a major jewelry house, exhibition, or artist’s studio.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Understanding of significant royal jewels
• The symbolic significance in the use of royal gemstones
• Overview of royal jewelry collections
French, based in Switzerland, Vanessa Cron is a jewellery historian who has specialized in historic provenance research. Working 4 years for one of the most important expert dealer in antique jewellery and exceptional gemstones, and 15 years at Christie’s as Jewellery Archivist and Senior Cataloguer, she researched major jewels such as the Peregrina pearl, the Empress Eugenie ‘Feuille de Groseillier’ brooch, the ‘Blue Belle of Asia’ sapphire or the ‘Grand Mazarin’ diamond. She collaborated with author Vincent Meylan on the preparatory research for his book ‘Christie’s: the Jewellery archives revealed’ and is now an independent jewellery historian, lecturer and consultant. She is also in charge of the ‘History of Jewellery Design’ class at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD - Genève).