The Fitzwilliam Museum contains stunning examples of jewellery and metalwork from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including important pieces by Arts & Crafts designers such as C.R. Ashbee, Henry Wilson, Gilbert Marks, William Burges and Phoebe Traquair, as well as unique pieces designed and commissioned by the artist Charles de Sousy Ricketts. The mid to late 19th century fashion for historicist jewellery is represented by some of the most famous artist jewellers including Alessandro Castellani, the Giuliano family and Danish jeweller, E.F. Dahl. The collection also contains beautiful Art Nouveau works, especially a pendant by Léopold Gautrait and a ring by René Lalique.
Further research is being carried out into this little-known part of the Museum’s collection, resulting in a full-colour publication detailing over 50 key pieces (2018). This will coincide with a display of these pieces in the Museum.