Day One of #jewelleryhannahgoestolondon

DAY ONE

Last month I went to London for a beano.  Well, it was a work-related beano, but I LOVE my job so it was the perfect way to spend a few days! I thought it would be fun to run an Instagram miniblog with the hashtag #jewelleryhannahgoestolondon to take you all along with me...

The morning of Day One was for travelling, but as soon as we arrived our first stop was Spitalfields.

 Just as an aside... my great great great great grandparents, Jean-Baptiste Isaac Bourdon and Marie Ursule Charlet, were married in Christ Church Spitalfields (above) on 27th August 1817.  They were Huguenot silk weavers.

Just as an aside... my great great great great grandparents, Jean-Baptiste Isaac Bourdon and Marie Ursule Charlet, were married in Christ Church Spitalfields (above) on 27th August 1817.  They were Huguenot silk weavers.

It was straight to Taylor Taylor's Commercial Street salon in Spitalfields to git my hair did.  Don't forget to look in at their gold-tiled basement room!

I used to be terrified of having my hair cut, most hairdressers don't understand what they're dealing with (I blame the interminable fight between my fine wispy European hairs and my rogue afro hairs, the fight where there are no winners), but an hour in the chair with George makes everything OK again.  Plus there is excellent dog company, who also goes by the name of George.

 At least, I think he's a dog... or a sort of majestic composite between dog, pig, dragon and long-legged potato. Whatever he is, I am in love and I want him.

At least, I think he's a dog... or a sort of majestic composite between dog, pig, dragon and long-legged potato. Whatever he is, I am in love and I want him.

Then it was just a hop around the corner to Spitalfields Antique Market, which runs on Thursdays.  Less busy than Portobello, and much smaller, it's a great place for rummaging and meeting the very best kind of Londoners and getting to know some of their wares.

Although I was on a jewellery hunt, I enjoyed chatting with the wonderful Spitalfields Taxidermy (check out their Instagram @spitalfieldstaxidermy) who had a stall full of wondrous weirdness and plenty to get my fox fix on!

I did find a couple of jewellery related things...both of which have now found new homes.  

First there was Cecil. We found a loose Victorian banded agate intaglio, and into it was carved a stunning scaly sea-dragon.  Someone referred to him as Cecil, and the name Cecil has stuck!

You can read all about Cecil's journey into becoming a ring HERE

I also found an amazing vintage gold anchor necklace. I've a feeling that this is one of those things I will kick myself over having parted with!

 Diamond fox ring and Georgian flat-cut garnet rings from my personal collection

Diamond fox ring and Georgian flat-cut garnet rings from my personal collection

Then it was time for a quick pit stop for tea and cake at one of my favourite London hideaways, before dashing away to see more jewellery.  My lovely mama accompanied me on this trip, so whilst we rested our feet and took in the views, we had plenty to catch up on!

Can you spot the Albert Hall, the Brompton Oratory and the V&A Museum? Just off-shot is the Natural History Museum which we visited on Day Four of #jewelleryhannahgoestolondon, coming in a blog post soon!

Next stop was the Battersea Park Decorative and Antiques Fair...open late until 8pm.  We saw so many things I would quite happily have taken back on the train with me, but I don't think a set of 12 Georgian drinking glasses or a French refectory table would travel very well.  

The jewellery, as expected, was off the scale! I found stickpin nirvana with Trivette. Like me, this lovely husband-and-wife team have a bit of a thing for creature jewellery, and were only too happy to show me around their cabinets.  I was particularly taken with this little family of stickpins...

That was our last stop for the day, so my mama and I retreated to our hotel for some dinner and a good nights' rest, ready for our first full day on Friday.  


COMING UP in Day Two of #jewelleryhannahgoestolondon ... a pilgrimage to Liberty, manicures, ring stacks, extreme window shopping and lobster rolls!  Stay tuned :-)