Secret Knowledge - The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard


Cheapside Hoard Pendant

The Cheapside Hoard is a hoard of jewellery from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, discovered in 1912 by workmen using a pickaxe to excavate in a cellar at 30-32 Cheapside in London, England. They found a buried wooden box containing more than 400 pieces of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery. The hoard is generally considered to have been a jeweller's working stock buried in the cellar during the English Civil War. 

The hoard demonstrates the international trade in luxury goods in the period, including gemstones from sources across South America, Asia and Europe. A particularly large Columbian emerald, originally the size of an apple, had been hollowed out to accommodate a Swiss watch movement dated to around 1600. A small red intaglio stone seal bears the arms of William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford, dating the burial of the hoard between his ennoblement in November 1640 and the Great Fire of London in September 1666, which destroyed the buildings above. Most of the gold is the "Paris touch" standard of 19.2 carats (80 percent pure). 

Some of these important pieces have been reproduced by a renowned British jewellery designer. This impressive vintage style amethyst cross from the Cheapside Hoard is still one of our most popular items.

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