It’s been a while, so here is a summer quiz to get you thinking about what you know about historical jewellery.
1)A piece of jewellery with a raised relief image on a background of different colour – early examples date back to the third century BC. Carnelian shell was often used. What is it?
2) Insect often found on Egyptian jewellery symbolising rebirth?
3) What is the oldest known jewellery thought to be made from?
4) The Snettisham Hoard dates from which period and what collection of neck jewellery is it best known for?
5) What new form of jewellery making material was invented in 1907 by Leo Baekeland?
6) Where does the earliest cloisonné jewellery come from?
7) What might be described as peninsular – they were popular from the Iron Age onwards?
8) Viking women often wore two brooches at the front of their clothes – what animal is the brooch named after because of its shape?
9) Why might a ring containing a piece of unicorn horn be very helpful in the medieval period?
10) Which gem was Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite?
11) What’s the Alfred jewel’s purpose?
12) Which town grew wealthy on mourning jewellery during the Victorian period?
13) In 1912 workmen found the largest collection of Tudor and Stuart jewellery in the world. What part of London is the hoard named after?
14). What collection of jewellery has been kept in the same place since the fourteenth century? The collection includes a twelfth century spoon.
15) Where were the Triskelion brooch, shoulder clasps and enabled belt buckle dug up? And where can you find them today?
16) Which Midlands city is famous for its historic jewellery quarter?
17) What shape ring is the medieval style in the image?
18) Where was the jewel below discovered?
19) Who made jewellery for Henry VIII’s family as well as painting their pictures?
20). Who owned these rosary beads?
Answers next week!