Day School: Famous Jewels and Their Place in History

Ref: C2224753

1.A detailed outline of the jewels of the United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and how certain stones have played a part both in the unity and the division of the United Kingdom 2. To show how ownership has been often disputed, especially considering State and personal property 3. To cover the history of famous jewels in other states, especially those of Russia, the House of Savoy in Italy, the Habsburgs, Portugal, Sweden and Denmark

Course aim

1. To give an overall views of the precious stones themselves, their cutting, design and provenance 2. To demonstrate how the possession of these jewels has contributed to, and sometimes altered the course, of history

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No prior knowledge is required, but an interest in history and artefacts which are considered national icons, is a good background

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss famous icons and some of their history
  • Explain the importance of cutting and design
  • Explain the origin and provenance of the stones, e.g. the country or the mine
  • Discuss the importance of royal and aristocratic jewellery, in terms of status and as part of the display of splendour
  • Explore how some jewels become a part of the national psyche

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Students will be encouraged to show items of their own jewellery, if wished, as they may be an important part of a family or personal history, and the issue of value by association can be seen

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Students' comments and suggestions will be welcomed, for the day, and for any future courses

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A pen/pencil and notepad if always a good idea, and also a sketchpad if appropriate

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Libraries etc. often have books about jewels, or specific jewels.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Membership of the Society of Jewellery Historians is another option.

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Day School: Famous Jewels and Their Place in History Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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