Based in England Beatriz Chadour-Sampson is an international jewellery historian. Her publications range from Antiquity to the present day, such as 2000 Finger Rings from the Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland (1994) of which she continues to be a consultant for the Swiss National Museum.
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson23.02.2023Jewellery does not have to be static. The jewellery artist Friedrich Becker was also of this opinion and created fascinating pieces of jewellery with moving parts. Some of them found their way into the collection of the Swiss National Museum.
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson26.01.2023Rings can be more than simply adornment, expression of personal sentiment or symbols of status, they can also conceal or openly show allegiance to a political cause. In some cases, such affiliations could have dangerous consequences, even death.
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson26.12.2022European artists and jewellers shared a common visual language of love and romance, with some symbolism dating as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. Among many design motifs, musical themes, pastoral settings, flowers and animals are all traditionally found on jewellery with romantic associations.
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson01.12.2022It's amazing what a finger ring can tell you. For example, the life story of Josiah Wedgwood, who elevated pottery to an art form in the 18th century and did not shy away from industrialisation.
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson18.10.2022Jewellery can reach beyond its purely decorative function to consciously document historical events. Alice and Louis Koch's extensive collection of rings includes several specimens that reflect the events of Napoleon's tumultuous time.