Gold, emerald and enamel aigrette, century. The Cheapside Hoard contains a number of mystery items such as this object, with tapering shanks covered in enamel and encrusted with gems. It has a flared opening at one end and a suspension loop, England.
An enamelled gold earring or pendant set with three pink sapphires and seven small round emeralds (one missing). A pale-pink briollete spinel hangs below. The reverse is enamelled white and black. Part of the Cheapside Hoard, late century.
Dress ornaments in bow-form were popular from the century, when the ribbon and braid trimmings of dress began to be simulated in metal and stones.
Some “mystery jewels” were also found in the Cheapside Hoard. This gold piece with white enamel and Colombian emeralds is thought to be a fan holder. Large feathers for a fan could be attached on the flared side, and the holder could be attached to a chain on the other end. Courtesy of the Museum of London;
From the Cheapside Hoard. Because opal is prone to damage by heat, the condition of this gold and enamelled opal hat pin demonstrates that the treasure was well protected. The opal clearly withstood the Great Fire of London in which obliterated the.