M.A.D.E presents one of 2016’s most exciting cultural experiences: 19th Century BLING | Goldfields jewellery.
An enchanting exhibition of lavish Australian gold jewellery, 19th Century BLING explores little known parts of history and the impact of the unique designs on the socio political landscape of Australia and beyond.
The jewellery created for miners (diggers) and their families when they struck gold was ostentatious, and often incorporated non-traditional emblems like the mining tools they used including picks, shovels, spades, pistols, sluices and pans. It was the “bling” of its day and represented diggers’ claims for legitimacy and power.
M.A.D.E has gathered over 200 rare, fascinating and exquisite pieces of Australian goldfields jewellery for this unique exhibition. Showcased are significant jewels and objects, including key international examples, from 1851 to 1901. Explore untold stories of Australia’s social history through these glittering survivors from a golden era.
M.A.D.E has partnered with Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum in Ballarat to present this exhibition and the exciting range of events including; workshops, lectures and education offerings.
Generously supported by The Victorian State Government, The Ian Potter Foundation, The Gordon Darling Foundation and Federation University.