I'm delighted to announce an event at the very beautiful Winton Castle in East Lothian on November 30th called 'Diamonds and Darjeeling'. I'll be giving a talk on Important Women Jewellery Collectors. The talk looks at the collections of four very different women and their approaches to jewellery, how their backgrounds influenced their choices and the messages jewellery can send in respect of status, wealth and politics - Marjorie Merriweather Post, Evalyn Walsh McLean, Madeleine Albright and Elizabeth Taylor are the subject of this richly illustrated meander through jewellery history. Famous jewels such as
The Hope Diamond and The Peregrina Pearl as well as pieces owned by Napoleon I's wife Marie Louise and some of the most significant pieces produced by the workshops of Fabergé are discussed.
There will also be an opportunity to have a look at some carefully selected jewels which will be available to buy - just in time for Christmas party season or as the perfect gift.
The team at Winton will be offering Darjeeling and sweet treats as well as a chance to tour Winton Castle, a historic house with connections to Mary Queen of Scots' attendant Mary Seton.
Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite or through Winton Castle by email. Winton is also be giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky winner who correctly answers the following question: 'How many carats did Elizabeth Taylor's famous pear-shaped 'Taylor-Burton Diamond' weigh when purchased by Richard Burton?' Answers to be emailed to Fay by November 1st and a winner will be selected at random. Good luck!