The World Gold Council and the London Exhibition on the History of the Goldsmith’s Art in the UK

One of the objectives of the World Gold Council is to preserve the rich cultural heritage in the artistic processing of gold and bring to public awareness. For this reason, the World Gold Council acts as sponsor for the exhibition takes place at the moment in London power & allure, which runs until July 28, 2012. A large part of this gallery, which shows new creations in gold, is dedicated to the rich tradition in the processing of gold in the UK.

Gold as an object of cultural value

The World Gold Council was founded in 1987 and is today 23 operators of gold mining as its members, who are all over the world responsible for a large part of the production of gold. The company’s headquarters is located in London and his field of activity extends to India, the far East and the USA. The World Gold Council is committed, inter alia, to make the promotion of gold more sustainable and to counteract the sale of precious metal, which originates from crisis regions, through sophisticated methods of certification.
Another important concern of the World Gold Council is to make aware of medals and precious jewelry in the culture of the United Kingdom and Europe on the deep anchoring of gold as a precious metal and material for valuables. So, more than 400 gold objects were collected, which are exemplary for at least 4,500 years old history of the Goldsmith’s art. These are usually scattered throughout the various institutions and private collections and can now together in the power & allure exhibition at the London goldsmiths’ Hall to be admired.

The Lunulae – the World Gold Council & gold jewelry from the early Bronze age

The BC dating from the period between 2,000 and 1,500 Lunulae from which a copy of power & allure is to see exhibition of the World Gold Council is very old pieces of jewelry. A common feature of the Lunulae from gold leaf is the shape of a Crescent Moon, however, is unclear to this day, to what purpose they were made. Speculation go that these objects as neck or head dress, found mainly in Ireland were needed.

The Kingston brooch in the exhibition of the World Gold Council

An absolute masterpiece of the Goldsmith’s art: the Anglo-Saxon Kingston brooch from the seventh century BC. This very filigree and detail crafted piece of jewelry from gold inlaid with blue glass, white seashells and polished Garnet gemstone has a diameter of almost 10 cm and it is among the largest of its kind. The brooch that has chosen the World Gold Council, testifies to the high artistry of Anglo-Saxon goldsmith and was composed of over 830 individual pieces. Among others, the Cloisonné technology found application for which decorations from wire-shaped pieces of metal were soldered on the brooch.

The Stapleford Cup – presented by the World Gold Council

Very artfully designed, is the chalice that was made around the year 1610 Golden Stapleford. Stylish stemware were highly appreciated during the 16th and early 17th century art objects and served often as a gift for a wedding or as a diplomatic gift for political affairs.
The Stapleford presented in the exhibition by the World Gold Council Cup its special appearance in the form of an Acorn characterised by, whereby the upper part serves as a detachable lid. The reason why this kind of design, the chalice to the alternative name of Acorn Cup (acorn Acorn =) has helped, was elected, is that viewed acorns as a symbol for happiness, wealth, and power. The shaft of the Bowl mimics a convoluted tree trunk in its design.

The Cromwell Trial Plate and the trial of the PyX – presented by the World Gold Council

A very interesting gold object that the World Gold Council has chosen for the exhibition, is an excerpt from a golden plate from the year 1649, that was used by the Trial of the Pyx . Its task was to check whether the alloy from which that itself made gold coins in circulation, were consistent with the statutory standards.
The trial has received its name PyX therefore that the boxes from boxwood, in which the coins to be tested were transported to the Court of Justice, called pyxis in Greek.
The plate of gold, which presents the World Gold Council, served as a reference point for the testing of the gold content of the coins. It was produced at the time was quite common, by members of the company of goldsmiths. Engraving of the plate gives information about the time of their production (22 November 1649) and its Carat number 22 (equivalent to a gold content of 91.6%).

The Golden teapot from the Scottish National Museum

The Golden teapot that exhibition of the World Gold Council acts as one of the masterpieces of the power & allure , together with a gold Bowl, a cup and a Scottish drinking bowl was produced in the period 1737-38. She served as a prize at the horse races, which were held in Leith, a district of Edinburgh.
The delicate engravings on the surface of the teapot depicting the Royal Arms and a Crown with a thistle, the emblem of Scotland of.

The World Gold Council – preservation of the fascinating art of goldsmithing

In addition to these masterpieces, he shows World Gold Council in London currently nor numerous other notable gold objects that bear witness to, what comes to the precious metal for a great prestige already for a long time.
New eye-catching jewelry creations are shown in parallel, by which is meant that the rich tradition of the Goldsmith’s art still lives on and will live on in the future emphasize.

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