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Pearls at the V+A Museum

from 21/09/2013 to 19/01/2014

Event: Pearls Exhibition

Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, SW7

A stunning new exhibition at the V&A on Pearls, conjures up the glamour, beauty and luxury that pearl jewellery has symbolised since Roman times.

The exhibition is showing the highlights of the world’s greatest pearl collection that will form part of the permanent exhibit at Qatar’s soon-to-open Pearl Museum, as well as items from the V&A’s own collection and from the Royal Collection, the British Museum and jewellery houses such as Tiffany & Co, Bulgari and Mikimoto.

It includes items from a Roman pearl hair clasp from 3AD, the pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I to his execution, a string of pearls belonging to Marilyn Monroe, and a stunning necklace by Vietnamese jeweller Sam Tho Duong from 2011 (see the exhibition poster).

The exhibition also covers the history of the pearl trade, from its origins in the Persian Gulf to today’s cultured pearls.

Also going on show in the V&A’s Theatre & Performance Galleries is the recently-acquired archive of the actress Vivien Leigh (who was born 100 years ago in 1913), which includes her letters, including those sent between Leigh and her husband Laurence Olivier, as well as photographs, film scripts and awards.

Pearls is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington from 21 Sept to 19 Jan 2014 (closed 24 to 26 Dec). The museum is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm, late on Fridays until 9.30pm. The V&A recommends buying advance tickets for this exhibition.