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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1450-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, spinel, enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the generosity of Genevieve Davies

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 6, shelf C, box 12

Flower shaped jewels, which allowed a prized gemstone to be effectively set off at their centre, appear to have been popular amongst the nobility of Europe in the 15th Century, although few survive. The prominent loops on this one suggest that it was likely to have been sewn onto a garment, or it may possibly have been one element of a jewelled collar. The white enamelled gold beads were intended to resemble pearls and are similar to ones on a jewel in the Fishpool Hoard, ca 1464, now in the British Museum.

Physical description

Gold jewel cast in the shape of a stylized flower, inset with a prominent stippled central motif mounted on a post, with four claws which hold a large oval spinel of pinky-purple colour. This is encircled by gold beads on stalks, enamelled in white. Two loops are soldered onto the flower, one on each side.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)


ca.1450-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, spinel, enamel

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 7.4 mm, Width: 19.4 mm max

Object history note

Found by a metal detectorist in Utterby, Lincolnshire in 2009.

Descriptive line

Gold and enamel jewel set with spinel, found at Utterby, Lincolnshire, ca. 1450-1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Campbell, Marian. 'Found in London, made in London - London connections for some medieval metalwork in the Victoria & Albert Museum'. In: 'Hidden Histories and Records of Antiquity': Essays on Saxon and Medieval London for John Clark, Curator Emeritus, Museum of London, ed. by Jonathan Cotton, Jenny Hall, Jackie Keily, Roz Sherris and Roy Stephenson. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Special Paper, 17. London: London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, 2014. ISBN 9780903290685.


Gold; Enamel

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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