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Paperback, General Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781443212373, ISBN10 1443212377
Excerpt: ...less considered than the elaborate goldsmith 53 work in which they were placed. They were the adjuncts, rather than the principal glory of the jewel. The court jeweller of James VI of Scotland and of this monarch after his accession to the English throne, as James I, was George Heriot (ca. 1563-1624), born in Edinburgh, the son of a member of the company of goldsmiths in that city. As the Scotch goldsmiths cumulated the profession of money-lending with that of goldsmithing, they were usually persons of considerable account among the citizens. Heriot became a member of the company in 1588, the year of the Spanish Armada. Despite the rather straitened circumstances of the Scottish court, considerable amounts were expended for jewels, especially as the queen, Anne of Denmark, was very fond of display. The nobility also, such of them at least as possessed the means, were inclined to deck themselves out with brilliant jewels and splendid ornaments of massive gold. Heriot's appointment as goldsmith to the queen dates from 1597; soon after this he was made jeweller and goldsmith to the king. He followed the court to London in 1603, when King James succeeded to Elizabeth, and at the time of his death, February 12, 1624, had amassed the 54 sum of
|Number of Pages:||48|
|Number in Series:||1|
|Author:||Kunz, George Frederick|
|Publication Date:||October, 2012|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||7.44 x 0.10 x 9.69 Inches|
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