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The National Potrait Gallery's newest exhbition, Stardust is the talk of London. The retropsective will feature 250 photographs, personally selected by David Bailey. The showcase looks back at Bailey's iconic work that changed Photography and Visual arts through a career that spanned over half a century. If there is only one museum exhbition you go to in London it has to be Stardust. 

 

 

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To celebrate the events that are happening at the Southbank Centre in London from the 10th - 23rd February for the children's 'Imagine' festival, and the anniversary of Roald Dahl's 50th Anniversary of the publishing of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.  We wanted to celebrate the life and work of Roald Dahl, one of the World's most famous and celebrated authors, not only for children, but for adults too! His short stories conjure imagination and suspense with a swift flick of the pen, and are amongst some of the best stories I have ever read.

The festival at the Southbank Centre will be hosting 'Grandpa Joe's Giant Storytelling Bed', where children can hear stories inspired by Charlie and Grandpa Joe's amazing stories in 'Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory'.

For now, I leave you with one of Dahl's famous poems from his long lasting book...

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Eyes of a child

 

Eyes of a child 


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Pearl Ellis not only uses pearls in their exceptional jewellery; a tiny ruby sits on the strand of the seed pearls that make up the ‘ruby bracelet’ and tiny rubies form one of the intricate necklaces in our collection.

The ruby is considered one of the four most precious gemstones, amongst the emerald, sapphire and diamond.  The Burmese ruby is the rarest and most valuable ruby, with its colour ranging from a pinkish red to a vivid pigeon blood red that is regarded as the most unique and sought after.  Mining records in Burma date back nearly five hundred years, revealing the popularity and quality of the Burmese ruby.

The grading criteria for a ruby is dependent on colour, cut, carat weight and clarity, also the size and geographical location are important factors.

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