Jewellery and Gems

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm

Venue: Fylde Rugby Club

A booking form can be downloaded. PLEASE CLICK  here.

Lecturer Susan Rumfitt (jewellery expert from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow) will give two lectures:

Love Power and Scandal – a royal jewel for every occasion. From Henry VIII to the Duchess of Cambridge this lecture will focus on a variety of royal jewels that have caused gasps of shock or amazement over the last 500 years. From the powerful jewels of Henry VIII, the scandalous jewels surrounding Charles II, George IV and of course the Duchess of Windsor, to the romantic stories behind the jewels belonging to Victoria, there really is a royal jewel for every occasion.

Designed for Wearing – jewellery in the 20 Century. From the ‘Little Black Dress’ created by Chanel to the ‘Chain Mail’ fabrics of Mary Quant and the colour explosions of Versace, fashion has had an exciting journey through the twentieth century. Throughout this lecture we will discover how jewellery design incorporated the delicacy of the Edwardian period, the dramatic contrasts of the Deco period, and the sculptural creations of the 1930s, the cocktail style of the 40s and 50s, the ‘new age’ influence of the 60s and 70s, and the ‘bling’ culture of the 80s to produce a truly unforgettable period of jewellery design.


Programme for the Day 

10.30 am – 11.00 am  Refreshments in the Function Room

11.00 am – 12.15 pm  First Lecture and any Questions

12.30 pm – a two-course lunch served in the Function Room. A vegetarian option is available on application

1.30 pm – 2.00 pm – refreshments in the Function Room

2.00 pm – Second Lecture and any Questions

3.15 pm -3.30 pm – Departure

Susan Rumfitt  is a jewellery  advisor, lecturer and  a regular jewellery  specialist  on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.  Following a fabulous career with Christie’s and Phillips’ auction houses, Susan set up her own business working from her gallery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire where she runs exhibitions of jewellery and offers a wide range of jewellery services.  These include valuation work, selling and acquiring jewellery on behalf of clients.  She lectures for various societies including NADFAS and The Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum and writes for publications including Homes and Antiques Magazine and Antiques Collectors’ Club.


Cost is £30 per person. A booking form can be downloaded. PLEASE CLICK  here. Please complete and return with a cheque made out to Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society, together with a Stamped Addressed Envelope, to Christine Cockburn, Visits Secretary & SID Co-ordinator, 14 Oakwood Avenue, Lytham St Annes FY8 4PB. Further information: Tel: 01253 731161.