Circa AD Jewels Talks

Circa AD can indeed come to you! We offer Talks on jewellery within your own living room, dining room, gallery or garden. Whilst we ask for any expenses to be covered, no fees are charged for a private function. Or if you have a fundraising event or charity you support and would like offer a Circa AD talk please contact events@circaADjewels.com


THE QUEEN’S PRIVATE DIAMOND COLLECTION

Queen Elizabeth II’s Private Diamond Collection Exhibition was a unique display of personal and historical jewels belonging to Britain’s longest serving monarch. This exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime display, featuring many of Her Majesty’s favourite pieces to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

During the 20th century, many of the Queen’s jewels were reinvented and are now worn as reminders of a past era.

This talk focuses on the more familiar personal jewels worn by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, the reasons for changing designs and the concept of expressing political power.

A 50-minute illustrated presentation that offers a historical tour of some of the British Monarchy’s finest and most beautiful assets.


THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR… LOVE’S GLITTERING EXPRESSION

A fascination with the life of King Edward VIII after his abdication prompted Adrian to visit Paris in 2013, where he delved into the vast jewellery and art collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

This talk reveals the obsession with possessions that this outcast royal couple displayed and the beautiful jewels owned by the Duchess. These jewels were created by some of the world’s leading jewellers, who that were to become legendary. Using fabulous gems, the designs were often conceived by the Duchess, while illustrating an extravagance on an unprecedented scale even during the austerity of World War 2.

A fascinating 50-minute illustrated presentation on a collection that is still regarded today as one of the greatest collections of jewels created over 40 years.



ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S GREATEST LOVE AFFAIR – WITH JEWELS

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor was renowned for her love of jewels, and in particular diamonds, but a lesser known fact is that her collection was worth a staggering $200 million at the time of her death. Since then, many of her pieces have become as legendary as the star herself. Most were bought for her by Richard Burton during their two relationships and subsequent marriages.

This fascinating talk relates to the stories connected to her jewels, such as the great Bulgari sapphires, La Peregrina pearl, Mike Todd’s diamond tiara, the controversial Taj Mahal pendant and the unforgettable Taylor-Burton diamond.

A wonderful 50-minute illustrated presentation on an amazing jewellery collection to rival Cleopatra’s!


JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS THE JEWELS OF CAMELOT

Of all the famous women of the 20th century, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, is the most mysterious and compelling.

Renowned for her role as First Lady in the White House during the John F Kennedy presidency, Jackie was regarded as one of the most formidable style icons of her time.

This talk explores her treasure trove and also her renowned interest in French, American and Greek culture. Her jewels reveal a story of untold personal, historical and political significance. They also portray a tantalising, unpredictable and elusive woman who led an extraordinary life characterised by triumph and tragedy.

A 50-minute illustrated presentation that is intriguing and informative.


DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES
THE JEWELS OF A MODERN DAY PRINCESS

More than 20 years after the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, her style and fashions are still legendary. This talk focuses on her many stunning jewels which together with her beautiful and trendsetting clothes, made her one of the most iconic and stylishly photographed princesses of the 20th century.

Diana’s jewels and how they are now being worn by daughters-in-law, as well as historical jewels owned by the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother form part of this modern day Royal jewellery journey.

A 50-minute illustrated presentation that will take you into a world of jewels worn by a stunning royal.


A MENAGERIE OF JEWELS…
BEAUTIFUL JEWELS OWNED BY THE RICH AND FAMOUS

Think of an animal… think of a jeweller… then think about who wears the creations – a screen star, a member of royalty, an international stateswoman, a fashion designer, a celebrity…

In a world where beauty and adornment are intertwined, jewels reflect these concepts perfectly. Add animals to this combination and the creativity of leading jewellery houses and jewellers – and the results are pieces that can be beautiful, macabre and amusing. They can also portray messages or specific meanings, particularly when worn.

A 50-minute illustrated presentation on the history and stories behind some of the world’s most wearable ‘animals’!


A JEWEL IN THE CROWN – INDIA’S BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC AND EVER-CHANGING JEWELS

From the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond to the wonderfully juicy ‘Tutti Fruitti’ style created by the legendary house of Cartier, this talk reveals some of the world’s most magnificent jewels featuring historical Indian gems and highlights India’s influence on European jewels in the early 20th century.

Originally owned by maharajas and maharanis, including the scandalous “Wallis Simpson of India”, these treasures were recreated to adorn European royalty, aristocrats and socialites in the 1920s and 30s.

These are truly masterpieces from an era of style and unsurpassed ‘Deco –dence’

A 50-minute illustrated presentation featuring some of the rarest gems set in the finest jewels that were ever created.


THE JEWELS OF THREE QUEENS AND THREE PRINCESSES

“From the Bower” was an exhibition hosted by The Johnston Collection in East Melbourne that invited us to reflect on the inspiration and imagination behind creating collections.

Reflecting this spirit, our three queens and three princesses are linked by their enthusiasm for collecting and displaying their pieces. They acquire their jewels as gifts and inheritances, find them in showrooms and at renowned auction houses, or have them specially made to suit their taste.

Some are ladies of style and some are gals who love ostentation – but all six collectors love the glamour and prestige that jewellery bestows.

A 50-minute illustrated presentation that will delight, enlighten and amuse!


BEJEWELLED TREASURES OWNED BY THE DISCERNINGLY WEALTHY

In keeping with “Object Lessons” from The Johnston Collection’s 2019 Exhibition, this talk discusses bejewelled treasures and many of their owners from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Lavishly decorated and stylishly designed, these treasures often epitomised the period in which they were created, with some being opulent while others were commissioned for clients and became synonymous with their collections.

From the legendary Carl Faberge to the iconic Jean Schlumberger – and many other famous jewellers from yesterday and today – discerning collectors have amassed truly unique pieces that are still being sought the world over for their style, their rareness and their beauty.

A 50-minute illustrated presentation featuring some of the lavishly decorated bejewelled treasures in the world