Exhibition: Pearls

Pearls - V&A

Exhibition dates: 21 September 2013 – 19 January 2014

This weekend is your last chance to catch this exhibition!

The V&A and the Qatar Museums Authority explore the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire through to the present day. Pearls are a worldwide phenomenon going back millennia. Fascination for these jewels of the sea transcends time and borders. Natural pearls have always been objects of desire due to their rarity and beauty. Myths and legends surrounded them, chiefly to explain the mystery of their formation. Goldsmiths, jewellers and painters exploited their symbolic associations, which ranged from seductiveness to purity, from harbingers of good luck in marriage to messengers of mourning.

Although not textiles themselves, pearls have a close relationship with textiles, as they have been incorporated into textile work for hundreds of years, from Imperial Chinese court robes to Medieval church vestments.

For more information, visit the website of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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