Saturday, 28 July 2012

Gold: Power and Allure

This week I visited the Gold: Power and Allure exhibition at the Goldsmiths' Hall. I was completely amazed at this headpiece. Can you believe that this 'fur' hat is made of gold?

The headpiece was made by Giovanni Corvaja, the Italian jeweller who is known for his experimentation with gold. He aimed to make gold wires so fine, that en masse they become as soft as fur. Not surprisingly I wasn't able to feel the piece but it certainly looked like it was as soft as fur.

I was also amazed by the very old pieces in the exhibition. How could they make those pieces, many hundreds of years BC?

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