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During these exceptional times we thought you may appreciate a little sparkle, in the form of antique jewellery, to cheer you up a little and divert your attentions from the rigours of lock down.

Jewellery has been used for millennia as a form of adornment, it came, and still comes in all forms, from shells, horn, wood, metal and stones to gemstones.

As an extension to jewellery, buttons, brooches and buckles were made from the same materials, creating decorative pieces out of items that would essentially be solely functional. Our museums exhibit many examples of our ancestors love of adornment. 

From Viking warriors to the dandy, men have always worn jewels. Whether merely for decoration, to show status within their society, or purely for functional purposes. During the Georgian era however (1714-1830), it was diamond cluster buttons and buckles that were the jewel du jour for men.

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