The Fettercairn Jewel

The newly acquired and exceptionally rare Fettercairn Jewel is now on display at The National Museum of Scotland.

When, Where & How Much...

Date(s): 28 September 2017 to 31 December 2017
Time(s): 10am - 5pm
Where: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town
Price: This is a free event

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About The Fettercairn Jewel

This newly acquired and exceptionally rare jewel is on display at the National Museum of Scotland for the first time this autumn.

An outstanding piece of 16th century craftsmanship, featuring a large gemstone and exquisite enamel decoration, the Fettercairn Jewel casts new light on the magnificence of the Renaissance in Scotland.

It was recently acquired thanks to the generosity of Art Fund, The National Lottery and the National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust.

The Fettercairn Jewel is an exceptionally rare Renaissance gold pendant locket. Set with a large gemstone, which is probably a garnet, it features an elaborate scene in enamel on the back. The jewel is oval, with a fastening at the top to hold a gold ring, and, at the bottom, a smaller ring, that was originally a catch to hold the case shut. The case opens and would probably have contained a miniature portrait on vellum or ivory or some other personal memento. It would have been worn as a pendant on a chain or pinned to clothing, and it probably had a pearl or precious stone hanging beneath it.

The front of the Fettercairn Jewel, set with a large garnet or piece of glass.

The reverse of the Fettercairn Jewel is decorated with detailed enameled imagery.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Fettercairn Jewel are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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