Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet, designed by Prince Albert, made by Joseph Kitching, London 1840-1842. c Victoria and Albert Museum

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet, designed by Prince Albert, made by Joseph Kitching, London 1840-1842. c Victoria and Albert Museum

THE WILLIAM AND JUDITH BOLLINGER GALLERY

WHAT? Jewellery Gallery 

WHERE? V&A, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW7 2RL

WHEN? 11th April re-opens permanently and FREE 

WHY GO? To gaze at some of the worlds most precious jewels that some of the world’s most famous people have worn.  From Queen Victoria ’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert in 1840 to Art Deco treasures that would enhance any stylish Mayfair cocktail bar today.

The famous gallery has several sparkling new additions and was under wraps for three months while undergoing a slick refurb to create a more luminous and interactive ambiance.  The jewellery may be the trinkets of billionaires but entrance to see them is FREE!

IN THE KNOW  Gifted to the museum by William and Judith Bollinger (no relationship to the Bolly champers dynasty), the priceless coronet is the centre piece of their namesake gallery and celebrates the Victoria & Albert bicentenary year. 

She wore it in the famous Winterhalter portrait and instead of her official crown at the opening of Parliament after Albert’s death, always one for displaying dedication to her husband!