Downton jewellery goes on display for Arts Society

STARS OF THE SHOW: The Downton Abbey jewels

A LITTLE bit of Downton Abbey sparkle came to town this month, when The Arts Society Pantiles saw a display of tiaras, brooches and necklaces worn by the stars of the show.

So although not here in person, one could say that the likes of Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Lily James and Elizabeth McGovern have all visited Royal Tunbridge Wells!

Andrew Prince, who began his jewellery career in Bond Street and at the renowned Harrods Fine Jewellery Room, was commissioned to design and make the items for the much-loved TV series.

Mr Prince now delivers lectures around the world, often taking along many of the pieces he has made. They are designed with the precision and detail that is essential if they are to show the glittery opulence of the time, and stand up to scrutiny on millions of large-screen televisions around the world.

Mr Prince also made jewellery for Emily Blunt when she starred in The Young Victoria.

He said: “Jewellery should be about beauty not cost. If it has to be locked up, it’s not a jewel – it’s a worry.”

The Arts Society Pantiles meets monthly at Holmewood House School. Visitors are always welcome. For details of future meetings, visit:

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