Costume jewellery 1800 to now
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VV721
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Costume jewellery tends to be viewed as the poor cousin the fine jewellery but the reality is far from that. This is a
one day course that looks at the history of costume jewellery from 1600 and how the advances in materials and
technology made it so popular.
It includes social history such as the situation of women in society and their spending power, the development of department stores and the impact of the 2nd world war on the metals and materials used in costume jewellery. It will also look at leading designers such as Chanel, Miriam Haskell and Trifari and how they chose to use paste and
base metals for their designs instead of precious metals and fine gems. The course will include many samples of costume jewellery for students to inspect.
What will we cover?
- The history of costume jewellery and the development of techniques in the Victorian era and 20th century.
- How to use a loupe to inspect jewellery.
- Paste gemstones and pearls plus crystal such as Swarovski.
- The materials used such as base metals, plating and enamelling.
- The construction of costume pieces such as wiring and riveting.
- The main designers of the 20th century, their signatures/marks and how to spot their work.
- Pricing of vintage jewellery.
- The difference between good and poorly-made costume jewellery and collecting it.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Articulate the development and production of costume jewellery.
- Identify materials used in costume jewellery.
- Recognise the leading designers of costume jewellery.
- Use a loupe to inspect jewellery and be able to look for and recognise maker’s marks.
- Spot the differences in the quality of a variety costume jewellery.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for complete beginners who are interested in jewellery as well as jewellery students, jewellery designers and makers wishing to increase their contextual and historical knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through many jewellery samples, power point images, discussions, a quiz and hand outs. You will be taught as a group and it will not be necessary to do any work outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Students can bring in pieces of jewellery for identification.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Browse our current online offer for complementary courses.
Since 2003 Judith Crowe has been running 2 companies - as a gemstone dealer and for making bespoke jewellery. She has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art and from 1985 she worked as a studio manager/designer in graphic design. In 1990 she broke her back horse riding and then worked as a broadcast journalist and TV director at the BBC Disability Programmes Unit. From 1999 Judith retrained in silversmithing at City Lit and she is now teaching short courses on gemmology and jewellery at the college. She has written a book, 'The Jeweller's Directory of Gemstones', published by Quarto. Her website is www.judthcrowe.co.uk
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.