Objects of Desire: How Precious Gems Shaped History

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Program Type: Lecture
Age Group: Adults


Throughout history jewels and precious metals have served many functions. They have been a form of currency, wealth, security, social status, religious family heirlooms, and adornments of the body. Gems have funded wars, caused a Queen to fall from favor, helped a nation enter the modern world, launched one of the most successful campaigns in advertising history and caused a piece of jewelry to become an essential element of warfare. We will view royal jewels, take a "trip" to Tiffany's "by appointment only" salon and much more in this fascinating presentation.