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From Downton to Gatsby – Jewellery and Fashion 1890 – 1929

October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Andrew Prince

The period 1890 to 1929 was a time when the great couturiers collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce outstanding jewels worn with sumptuous gowns.

Some of the most celebrated stars of stage and screen have worn jewelry by Andrew Prince: Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Miss Piggy.

Mr. Prince is probably best known for the jewelry he designed for the British television series “Downton Abbey.”  But he has also added sparkle to other cinematic adventures such as “The Young Victoria” and “Muppets Most Wanted,” where Miss Piggy’s pearl necklace and diamond tiara are Mr. Prince’s handiwork, designed in his home in London’s Stepney Green and created, stone by stone, link by link, in his tiny workshop a few blocks away.

There he creates jewelry for real-life divas as well, available on his website, andrewprince.co.uk, and in New York at Bergdorf Goodman.

The boyish, 43-year-old Englishman likes to design as he sits on the floor of his compact apartment, in the gentrifying East End.  He has decorated his home like a mini-manor house, with powder blue settees and crystal chandeliers: And books — lots of them — piled on the floor and stuffed into gilded mahogany bookcases made to his own design.

Mr. Prince’s knowledge of jewelry is so extensive that he has lectured at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.  “You can tell what I am thinking by the books that are on top” of the pile, he said in an interview.  This summer, it is a tome on René Lalique, the French Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass designer and jeweler.

Growing up in Germany and in Northern Ireland during the Troubles (“lots of bombs,” he recalled), Mr. Prince developed a photographic memory to compensate for dyslexia, and can now recall every page of, say, a Sotheby’s jewelry catalog by heart.  He moved to London at 16 and found work as a junior apprentice at N. Bloom & Son, an antique jeweler on Conduit Street, in the fashionable West End.

“I learned on the job,” Mr. Prince said.  His teacher was Ian Harris, an antiquarian silver dealer and expert on the popular British television series “Antiques Roadshow.”  On quiet days, Mr. Harris would have the young apprentice close his eyes and guess what piece of jewelry he had placed in his hands by its weight and shape.  He schooled him on how old a piece of platinum was by its colour.  It was an education.

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Date:
October 9, 2019
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Organizer

The Arts Society Grampian

Venue

Garthdee

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Beth Batey
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Beth Batey

Very interesting and informative lecture presented superbly

Joy Crockart
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Joy Crockart

Excellent lecture. Delivery and content excellent. Lovely touch having the Downton Jewellery there to see.

Jane Hoare
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Jane Hoare

Fascinating lecture and a really entertaining speaker. Well illustrated talk & great to see the examples of his work that he’d brought with him.

Kathy Meldram
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Kathy Meldram

A very well researched and informed lecture by an articulate and engaging speaker.

Morna Farquharson
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Morna Farquharson

Excellent informative and humourous lecture given by a very enthusiastic expert in his field. Very clear delivery as I heard every word!

Don McNeill
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Don McNeill

Entertaining and educational. Would like to see him return to expand on other topics/periods of jewellery
A real gem!

Irene Reid
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Irene Reid

This was an outstanding lecture. Andrew Prince delivered a very well prepared lecture , including lots of humour. He is extremely knowledgeable and has an obvious passion for his subject. The lecture was enhanced by the exhibits he brought. It would be good to invite him back as I am sure he has other lectures he can deliver.

Alison Bruce
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Alison Bruce

Superb lecture, well structured and delivered in a natural, informal way, with humour.

Alison Bruce
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Alison Bruce

An outstanding lecture, packed full of intriguing information and clearly and articulately delivered.

Laura Murison
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Laura Murison

A fabulous lecture delivered with passion and humour.

Ann Leyton
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Ann Leyton

Thoroughly enjoyed this lecture feeling privileged to listen to a guru of his craft.

McKenzie
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McKenzie

Excellent lecture , both lecture and Andrew Prince were full of life and extremely interesting. A bonus was being able to see the Downton jewellery.

Janet Hardie
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Janet Hardie

A really wonderful lecture, lively, fascinating, informative and fun. Please can we have him back.

Kate Barber
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Kate Barber

Excellent speaker – informative and amusing. Time seemed to fly past too quickly – I could have listened to a lot more!

Pauline Varley
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Pauline Varley

Excellent. Structured and professional. One of the very best and so entertaining. Eleven out of ten! Thank you.

Alexina Gray
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Alexina Gray

From the start this was an entertaining, well presented, well researched lecture full of information and humour. Being able to see the jewelry at the end was a bonus.

Mairi Steele
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Mairi Steele

A most enjoyable event,lively and interesting.

Edna Rhodes
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Edna Rhodes

Thoroughly enjoyable lecture. Wonderfully illustrated with an abundance of interesting facts presented with infectious enthusiasm.

Eva Christie
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Eva Christie

The above lecture was excellent. Andrew Prince delivered the lecture with enthusiasm and wit not to forget with great knowledge.

Beth Batey
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Beth Batey

Very interesting and informative lecture superbly presented!

Patricia Bell
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Patricia Bell

Content fascinating. Delivery excellent. Lecture theatre – do we have to have this one? It is not as convenient to be able to enter the seat rows from one end only. Audio facilities not as good as the big theatre for those of us with digital hearing aids..

Patricia Bell
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Patricia Bell

Content fascinating. Delivery excellent. Lecture theatre – do we have to have this one? It is not as convenient to be able to enter the seat rows from one end only. Audio facilities not as good as the big theatre for those of us with digital hearing aids.

Elspeth Matthewson
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Elspeth Matthewson

An excellent lecture, well-timed to the release of the Downton film. Andrew Prince certainly knew how to present and hold an audience. Unfortunate that the bigger lecture theatre is not available from RGU at the moment for academic reasons.

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Beth Batey
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Beth Batey

Very interesting and informative lecture presented superbly

Joy Crockart
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Joy Crockart

Excellent lecture. Delivery and content excellent. Lovely touch having the Downton Jewellery there to see.

Jane Hoare
Guest
Jane Hoare

Fascinating lecture and a really entertaining speaker. Well illustrated talk & great to see the examples of his work that he’d brought with him.

Kathy Meldram
Guest
Kathy Meldram

A very well researched and informed lecture by an articulate and engaging speaker.

Morna Farquharson
Guest
Morna Farquharson

Excellent informative and humourous lecture given by a very enthusiastic expert in his field. Very clear delivery as I heard every word!

Don McNeill
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Don McNeill

Entertaining and educational. Would like to see him return to expand on other topics/periods of jewellery
A real gem!

Irene Reid
Guest
Irene Reid

This was an outstanding lecture. Andrew Prince delivered a very well prepared lecture , including lots of humour. He is extremely knowledgeable and has an obvious passion for his subject. The lecture was enhanced by the exhibits he brought. It would be good to invite him back as I am sure he has other lectures he can deliver.

Alison Bruce
Guest
Alison Bruce

Superb lecture, well structured and delivered in a natural, informal way, with humour.

Alison Bruce
Guest
Alison Bruce

An outstanding lecture, packed full of intriguing information and clearly and articulately delivered.

Laura Murison
Guest
Laura Murison

A fabulous lecture delivered with passion and humour.

Ann Leyton
Guest
Ann Leyton

Thoroughly enjoyed this lecture feeling privileged to listen to a guru of his craft.

McKenzie
Guest
McKenzie

Excellent lecture , both lecture and Andrew Prince were full of life and extremely interesting. A bonus was being able to see the Downton jewellery.

Janet Hardie
Guest
Janet Hardie

A really wonderful lecture, lively, fascinating, informative and fun. Please can we have him back.

Kate Barber
Guest
Kate Barber

Excellent speaker – informative and amusing. Time seemed to fly past too quickly – I could have listened to a lot more!

Pauline Varley
Guest
Pauline Varley

Excellent. Structured and professional. One of the very best and so entertaining. Eleven out of ten! Thank you.

Alexina Gray
Guest
Alexina Gray

From the start this was an entertaining, well presented, well researched lecture full of information and humour. Being able to see the jewelry at the end was a bonus.

Mairi Steele
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Mairi Steele

A most enjoyable event,lively and interesting.

Edna Rhodes
Guest
Edna Rhodes

Thoroughly enjoyable lecture. Wonderfully illustrated with an abundance of interesting facts presented with infectious enthusiasm.

Eva Christie
Guest
Eva Christie

The above lecture was excellent. Andrew Prince delivered the lecture with enthusiasm and wit not to forget with great knowledge.

Beth Batey
Guest
Beth Batey

Very interesting and informative lecture superbly presented!

Patricia Bell
Guest
Patricia Bell

Content fascinating. Delivery excellent. Lecture theatre – do we have to have this one? It is not as convenient to be able to enter the seat rows from one end only. Audio facilities not as good as the big theatre for those of us with digital hearing aids..

Patricia Bell
Guest
Patricia Bell

Content fascinating. Delivery excellent. Lecture theatre – do we have to have this one? It is not as convenient to be able to enter the seat rows from one end only. Audio facilities not as good as the big theatre for those of us with digital hearing aids.

Elspeth Matthewson
Guest
Elspeth Matthewson

An excellent lecture, well-timed to the release of the Downton film. Andrew Prince certainly knew how to present and hold an audience. Unfortunate that the bigger lecture theatre is not available from RGU at the moment for academic reasons.