Contemporary jewellery exhibition opens at the Design Museum

When it comes to jewellery, everyone has their own personal preferences. For some people, a simple pendant necklace is plenty, while others might prefer to make a much louder statement with their accessories.

Whatever your style, if you love a bit of bling, you may want to be sure to visit a new exhibition at the Design Museum, which runs from December 5th to March 3rd.

The show is called Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, and it features more than 200 objects from around the globe, many of which are manufactured by world-renowned artists.

Curated by designer Dr Susan Cohn, the exhibition at the Southwark museum sets out to explore the social and artistic meanings behind jewellery – particularly since the beginning of the contemporary jewellery movement in the late 1970s.

The Design Museum explains that over the last 40 years, new processes, broader experimentation in manufacturing techniques and innovative ideas about design have “questioned the relevance of precious materials and shifted the role of preciousness from financial value to personal association.”

Works from internationally renowned designers will be on display during the exhibition. These include Speed, a necklace made from a bicycle chain by Blanche Tilden, and Mega by Camilla Prash. The latter is a large hand adornment made entirely from plastic.

Those staying at luxury London hotels who choose to attend the exhibition can also choose from a variety of other activities and special events that are also going on at the Design Museum over the duration of the show.

For example, on December 7th, the gallery opens for Sparkle the Dark Up, a late-night event themed around the festive season. With music and craft workshops, this event promises to be an enjoyable night out.

Visitors to the museum on December 16th can benefit from a free, 30-minute informal guided tour, while a drawing tour on January 9th will allow visitors the chance to learn about sketching, with a one-hour lesson that includes a free sketchbook and help from a drawing tutor.

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