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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

10:00-10:30am
Tea and coffee
10:30-10:40am Marta Ajmar and Michael Bycroft
Welcome
10:40-11:20am Hugo Crespo, University of Lisbon
11:20-12:00 Taylor Viens, V&A/RCA MA candidate
12:00-12:45pm
Lunch
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
3:15-3:30pm
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
11:20-11:40am
Morning Tea
11:40-12:20pm Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh
12:20-1:00pm Emma Spary, University of Cambridge
1:00-2:00pm
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
3:00-4:00pm
4:00-4:15
Afternoon tea
4:15-5:15pm
5:15-5:30pm
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.
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Raw emerald