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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 57

Bracelet

1550-1600 (made)

Object Type
Carved by specialist rock crystal carvers in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), the tradition is that this bracelet was one of Queen Elizabeth's gifts to Lord Hunsdon. In the inventory of Elizabeth's jewels in 1587 there is a description of a similar bracelet, which might be the same one: it was 'of rock crystal set with sparcks of Rubies powdered and little sparckes of saphiers made hoopwise called Persia worke'.

People
By family tradition the bracelet was a present from Elizabeth I to Henry Carey, (1526-1596), 1st Baron Hunsdon, first cousin of The Queen. He was the son of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother. He had a prominent career as a courtier and soldier. He played an important role in the suppression of the rebellion of the northern earls in 1570, was appointed Lord Chamberlain in 1586, and was a commissioner at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587. When the Armada threatened in 1588, he commanded Elizabeth's bodyguard at Tilbury in 1588.

Places
This is one of the four Hunsdon jewels which have long been associated with Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire and have been lent as a group to the British Galleries. One of the jewels, the Hunsdon Onyx, is mentioned specifically in the will of George Carey (1547-1603), 2nd Baron Hunsdon, dated 10 May 1599.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Rock crystal mounted in cabochon rubies and sapphires set in gold.
Brief Description
Rock crystal bracelet mounted with cabochon rubies and sapphires set in gold. Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), 1550-1600.
Dimensions
  • Depth: 1.3cm
  • Width: 9cm
Credit line
Lent from the collections at Berkeley Castle
Summary
Object Type
Carved by specialist rock crystal carvers in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), the tradition is that this bracelet was one of Queen Elizabeth's gifts to Lord Hunsdon. In the inventory of Elizabeth's jewels in 1587 there is a description of a similar bracelet, which might be the same one: it was 'of rock crystal set with sparcks of Rubies powdered and little sparckes of saphiers made hoopwise called Persia worke'.

People
By family tradition the bracelet was a present from Elizabeth I to Henry Carey, (1526-1596), 1st Baron Hunsdon, first cousin of The Queen. He was the son of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother. He had a prominent career as a courtier and soldier. He played an important role in the suppression of the rebellion of the northern earls in 1570, was appointed Lord Chamberlain in 1586, and was a commissioner at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587. When the Armada threatened in 1588, he commanded Elizabeth's bodyguard at Tilbury in 1588.

Places
This is one of the four Hunsdon jewels which have long been associated with Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire and have been lent as a group to the British Galleries. One of the jewels, the Hunsdon Onyx, is mentioned specifically in the will of George Carey (1547-1603), 2nd Baron Hunsdon, dated 10 May 1599.
Bibliographic References
  • Trnek, Helmut and Nuno Vasallo e Silva, eds. Exotica: the Portuguese discoveries and the Renaissance Kunstkammer. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, in association with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 17 October 2001 - 6 January 2002. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2001.
  • Annemarie Jordan Gschwend, 'Rarities and Novelties', in Anna Jackson, et al, ed. Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 23 September - 5 December 2004. London: V&A Publications, 2004.
  • Jordan Gschwend, Annemarie, et. al., eds. Elfenbeine aus Ceylon. Luxusgüter für Katharina von Habsburg (1507-1578). Catalogue of the exhibition at the Rietberg Museum, Zurich. Zürich: Rietberg Museum, 2010.
  • Crespo, Hugo Miguel. Jewels from the India Run. Catalogue of the exhibition at the Museu do Oriente, Lisbon. Lisbon: Fundação Oriente, 2015.
  • Scarisbrick, Diana. Ancestral Jewels. London: Deutsch, 1989.
Other Number
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:MET ANON.2:2-1998

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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