New jewellery show opens at Design Museum

London's Design Museum is opening a new exhibition next month to celebrate the contemporary jewellery scene.

The focus will be on a whole host of materials used in jewellery making, ranging from the traditional gold and platinum to the more adventurous up-cycling of everyday objects such as headphones.

Called Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, the new exhibition will examine the work of modern jewellers and look at designers whose work has challenged the long-standing conventions of jewellery design.

Perfect for jewellery and design fans staying in central London hotels, the exhibition opens on December 5th and runs until March 3rd next year.

Around 200 pieces will be on display as part of the show that looks back at jewellery making since the 1970s. Highlights are expected to include work from designers such as Wendy Ramshaw, Hans Stofer and Alexander Calder.

Visitors could also be impressed by a number of key jewellery items such as Seinhauven by Karl Fritch – the ring is made of a number of semi-precious stones arranged in a tower formation, while Hard Wear designed by Lauren Kalman is an item of jewellery designed to be worn over gums.

The exhibition is being curated by jewellery designer and maker Dr Susan Cohn and admission costs £10 for adults, £9 for concessions and those aged under 12 are admitted free of charge.

The Design Museum is located about 15 minutes' walk from London Bridge overland and underground stations and has a number of other key exhibitions running this year, including an event looking at the development of Swarovski crystals and digital design.

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