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Programme and abstracts

Dates: Monday 11 April 2016, from 10:30am and Tuesday 12 April 2016, until 5:30pm

Venue: Seminar Room A, Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (with a session at Blythe House, London, on Monday afternoon)

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Monday 11 April, 2016

Tea and coffee
10:30-10:40am Marta Ajmar and Michael Bycroft
10:40-11:20am Hugo Crespo, University of Lisbon
11:20-12:00 Taylor Viens, V&A/RCA MA candidate
12:45-1:45pm Richard Edgcumbe, V&A, Senior Curator, Metalwork
Handling session with objects from the V&A Jewellery collection
1:45-2:30pm Travel to Blythe House
2:30-3:15pm Nicholas Yiannarakis, jeweller and gem-cutter, Holts Academy, Hatton Garden, London
Masterclass on gemstones and hard stones
Tea and coffee at Blythe House
3:30-5:30pm Nicholas Yiannarakis
Hands-on gem-cutting

Tuesday 12th April, 2016

10:00-10:40am Sven Dupré, Utrecht University / University of Amsterdam
10:40-11:20am Michael Bycroft, University of Warwick
Morning Tea
11:40-12:20pm Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh
12:20-1:00pm Emma Spary, University of Cambridge
Sandwich lunch at the V&A
2:00-3:00pm led by Marta Ajmar, Sven Dupré, and Michael Bycroft
Roundtable discussion of Gems in Transit edited collection, including presentation of outcome of Utrecht discussion about the collection
Afternoon tea
Closing remarks
Images, from top: diagram of double refraction in Iceland spar, from Christian Huygens, Traité de la lumière (1690); square emerald, with a border of brilliant-cut diamonds, set in gold, Europe c. 1850 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; crystal structure diagram from René-Just Haüy, Traité de la cristallographie (Paris, 1822); raw emerald; silver-gilt earrings with emerald-coloured paste, Spain 1865-1870 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Raw emerald