Downton Abbey jewels on show for first Arts Society lecture of 2021

Andrew Prince.
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  • Andrew Prince has created pieces for some of the UK's best-loved actors including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

The first Arts Society lecture of the year, From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and fashion 1890 - 1929, will be given by Downton Abbey jewellery designer, Andrew Prince. The lectures will be held via Zoom on Monday 10 January at 4.30pm (Costa del Sol) and Wednesday 12 January at 6pm (Nerja).

Andrew was commissioned to produce jewellery for the main characters for both the series and the film and this inspired him to create a talk based on the changing styles of the era.

Andrew will guide his audience through 1890 to 1929, when the big fashion houses collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce "works of art".

Andrew, 49, has had a passion for the jewellery since he was a small child; at the age of three he swallowed one of his mother's pearl earrings. He went on to make a necklace with the beads 'stolen' from his mother's wedding dress. "She was not happy," he admits.

Andrew's mother forgave him and, at the age of nine, took him to an exhibition of Renaissance jewels. Andrew says that he "decided there and then that creating jewellery" was what he wanted to do.

Film debut

In 2002, the Victoria & Albert museum commissioned a collection of jewels to accompany an exhibition about tiaras and the exposure led to Andrew's jewellery appearing in film and TV.

He has gone on to create pieces for Dame Judi Dench in Mrs Henderson Presents, The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Miranda Richardson, and, since 2012, Downton Abbey's actors, including Maggie Smith, have worn his jewellery.

Andrew told SUR in English that he should have been flying out to give the lecture and he would have brought some of the Downtown jewellery with him. Instead he says he will be showing slides, which he says "allow the audience to see the jewellery much closer up".

Andrew is no stranger to the Costa del Sol, having spoken to Arts societies here and in Gibraltar in 2018.

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