This newly acquired and exceptionally rare jewel is on display at the National Museum of Scotland for the first time this autumn.

An outstanding piece of 16th century craftsmanship, featuring a large gemstone and exquisite enamel decoration, the Fettercairn Jewel casts new light on the magnificence of the Renaissance in Scotland.

It was recently acquired thanks to the generosity of Art Fund, The National Lottery and the National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust. 

Above: The jewel being installed in the Kingdom of the Scots gallery at the Museum by David Forsyth, Principal Curator at National Museums Scotland and Gillian Findlay, member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Scotland Committee. 


Header image: The reverse of the Fettercairn Jewel is decorated with detailed enamelled imagery.

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The Fettercairn Jewel

Acquired in 2017, this rare jewelled and enamelled locket conceals secrets which could shed new light on the Scottish Renaissance. Join us on a journey of discovery as our curators, conservators and scientists work to unravel its mysteries.

Study Afternoon: The Fettercairn Jewel

This event has been postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to re-scheduling later in the year.
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21 Dec 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
10:00 - 17:00


Kingdom of the Scots, Level 1

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