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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Jewels of the Sea

Jewels of the sea.
Surely fit for royalty.

Draped around the neck,
Dangling from the lobes,
Stitched to the finest fabrics
to adorn a monarch's robes.

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend
but no one can dispute
that a fresh water pearl
is a real beaut.

Discover their myths, their origins,
just how they came to be.
How did they form inside
those grand oyster shells?
You'll just have to wait and see.

Inside the museum of
our once ever mourning queen,
Victoria's morbid fashion
is brightened by their gleam.

From the early Roman Empire
Through to present day,
Admire their colour and variety
While they are on display.

See established favourites
such as Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany,
but the real highlight is a necklace
worn by Bloody Mary.

Jewels worth hundreds - thousands
can be seen for eleven pounds;
Learn about the trade, design,
and why they so astound.

Don't stop with eyes,
Get hands on and make your own;
It will make a nice momento
to be taken home.

Talks, workshops, lectures,
and lots of family fun,
You have until January ninteenth
before the exhibit ends its run.
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When: Until 19th Jan 2014
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 2000
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cost: 11 adult, 9 senior, 8 child
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