£15 (£10 YGs) In this talk, Zuleika Gerrish will be introducing you to the glamorous world of eighteenth-century jewellery in Europe. This was an era of incredible wealth, growth and grandeur,
£15 (£10 YGs)
In this talk, Zuleika Gerrish will be introducing you to the glamorous world of eighteenth-century jewellery in Europe. This was an era of incredible wealth, growth and grandeur, with music, art, science and architecture all flourishing. As a result, the Georgians needed to look the part as well. What would they need to wear to sparkle their way through society in an era where you had to truly make it or fake it? The Georgians also loved their motifs and symbols but, above all, they loved to show off. Four kings came and went, and with them all the bling that they and their subjects wore. This was the ultimate era of peacocks and, by that, we mean the chaps too!
Zuleika Gerrish trained as an Art Historian originally. She is the daughter of the late art dealer, Michael Parkin (Motcomb Street, 1972-1999) and artist/art dealer Diana Parkin. Much of her background is in the Arts, having worked for numerous art dealers, auction houses and art advisors. She is a graduate of the Wimbledon Art School and holds her BA (Hons) degree in History of Art from Oxford Brookes.
It was not until 2016 that she had a complete change of career; Zuleika started working part-time for her mother-in-law, Olivia Gerrish, in Grays Antiques. A few hours a week soon became full-time. It was incredible to learn with such an expert with 45 years experience. Zuleika began to see these pieces of jewellery as miniature works of art. Olly stressed the importance of looking for the tiniest and most subtle details on fine jewellery, as you would with a great painting. Zuleika soon wanted to know why and how these little treasures were made, who made them, what the clues were to their history and more. Quite simply, Zuleika had completely fallen in love with antique jewellery and the finest workmanship and artistry.
Fast forward to today, Zuleika is now an FGA (Fellowship of the Gemmology Association) and DGA (Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association). Zuleika is married to architectural historian and ex-Young Georgian Chairman Oliver Gerrish, who is also the main buyer for Parkin & Gerrish.
The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.
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