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March 2011
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old church A gem of an evening
By The Old Church Committee

Glittering gold and diamonds have always been a girl’s best friend. And if you’re one of the many who can’t resist all that sparkly stuff, the place to be is The Lee Old Church at 7:30pm on Friday 8th April. Because John Benjamin, the ‘Mister Jewellery’ of BBC TV’s Antiques Road-show, will be there to take us on a gem-studded tour through 400 years of jewellery design, from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor.

Dripping with pearls of wisdom, John’s talk will cover how styles of jewellery have changed since the pomp of Renaissance enamelled gold work – taking us right up to the iconic red carpet glamour of Harry Winston, jeweller to the Hollywood stars and one-time owner of the historic Hope Diamond.

Along the way, John will touch on neo classical romanticism, 19th Century Renaissance revivalism, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco, the introduction of platinum jewellery as a statement of style … and the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, sold at Sotheby’s last year for an ice cool £8 million.

Tickets are £15 each, including wine and canapés. However if you have a treasured item of jewellery tucked away that you’d like to know more about, we have just five special tickets available for £20 each; buy one, and after his talk, John will identify and value your precious piece for you.

To book your tickets, call Pam Garner on 837501 or Jilly Carleton-Smith on 837205.

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