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For those of you interested in jewellery, design, or both, London boasts several impressive jewellery exhibitions. Here are the highlights:

For a view of the Crown Jewels, head to the Tower of London. Though, you can buy your tickets in advance via 365 Tickets where they are discounted.

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Photo courtesy of HighLife

At the nearby V&A, there is permanent Jewellery Gallery which boasts 6,000 pieces of jewellery is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Pieces date from ancient Egypt to the 20th Century. The jewels come primarily from European royal courts of days gone, with the star attractions having come from Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and Hortense de Beauharnais (stepdaughter of Napoleon), but there are pieces from all over the world. The exhibit is FREE.

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The Museum of London has two jewellery exhibitions – one called The Cheapside Hoard  featuring treasures from the 16th and 17th centuries. The showcase includes new insight on Elizabethan and Jacobean craftsmanship, why these jewels were hidden, and why they were never reclaimed.

Also at the Museum of London is “Made in London: Jewellery Now” which explores new jewellery making techniques in London.

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