Design Museum offers jewel of an exhibition

An exhibition at London’s Design Museum is continuing to showcase the very best jewellery.

Called Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, the exhibition features more than 200 objects from around the world. Pieces on display include Steinhauven by Karl Fritsch – a ring with a towering collection of semi-precious stones – and Lauren Kalman’s Hard Wear. The latter is a bit of bling that is designed to be worn in the mouth.

Other artists whose work will be on display include Wendy Ramshaw – whose pieces are renowned for their complex geometric designs – and Dorothea Pruhl, who creates delicate pieces with abstract designs.

According to the Design Museum, the display looks at the essential meanings behind each piece of jewellery: “What we value and regard as precious, bypassing traditional perceptions and instead tracing the radical experiments of contemporary jewellers who have redefined jewellery and design.”

The exhibition is being curated by expert jewellery designer and maker Dr Susan Cohn and is presented through a variety of themed displays.

Worn Out is about the experience of wearing jewellery, while Linking Links explores how meaning is expressed in various accessory designs. Finally, A Fine Line talks about the history of jewellery and the origins of contemporary jewellery art.

Unexpected Pleasures runs until March 3rd at the Design Museum in Southwark so is ideal for those staying in boutique hotels London over the coming weeks. Admission to the show costs £9.50 for adults and £8.30 for concessions.

The popular attraction is located about 15 minutes’ walk from London Bridge overland and underground stations.

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