During one of my visits to England, the lovely Lynn Firth
showed me a book from an exhibition at the Museum of London. The book was
about The Cheapside Hoard and I immediately became inspired by the hoard.
The Cheapside Hoard is a hoard of jewelry from the late 16th
and early 17th centuries, discovered in 1912 by workmen excavating in a
cellar at 30-32 Cheapside in London. They found a buried wooden box with
more than 400 pieces of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry, including chains,
with colored gemstones and enameled gold settings. The location where the
hoard was found may have been the premises of a Jacobean goldsmith, and the
hoard is considered to have been his inventory buried in the cellar during
the English Civil War.
The entire hoard was displayed together for the first time in more than 100
years at the Museum of London, from October 2013 to April 2014.