Everybody Must Get Stones: The Secret Language of Jewellery in Art History

We know that rubies symbolise love and sacrifice, emeralds suggest truth and fidelity and diamonds are a ‘girl’s best friend’ but why would someone wear a dead weasel with a jewel-encrusted mask?

This talk explores the significance of jewellery as seen in some of the famous portraits of Art History, with a focus on works from the 15th to 17th century.