Geoffrey Munn is a jewellery specialist, historian and writer but is probably best known as a television presenter on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. His first and only permanent position has been with the court jewellers Wartski which he joined at 19. It is from this old established firm that his expertise in art and antiques is derived and his foremost specialty is nineteenth century jewellery and especially the work of the famous Russian goldsmith Carl Fabergé. Geoffrey has written a history of his hometown called “Southwold-An Earthly Paradise” and through his researches for this book he was able to expand on the history of JMW Turner, Edward Lear and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He has also written for The Times on Victorian funerary sculpture when he reattributed an anonymous tomb to the famous painter Edward Burne Jones.
From regular appearances on The Antiques Roadshow to cameos in dramas such as Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace
A unique pictorial history of this small seaside town and the luminaries who have visited it in the last 500 years.
A surprising account of this famous jewellery firm where Geoffrey Munn was employed all his working life.
An academic study of the grandest jewels ever made. Lavishly illustrated with unique photographs from Royal collections throughout the world.
Over 18,000 copies sold.
A detailed interpretation of jewellery and gemstones as emblems of romantic love.
Originally published to accompany the popular exhibition at the V&A (2002), Tiaras is a sparkling celebration of these beautiful jewels with striking examples by famous designers such as Fabergé, Cartier, Versace and Westwood.
During the reign of Elizabeth I, only royalty and the rich could afford to commission the exalted Nicholas Hilliard or Isaac Oliver to paint a prized miniature of themselves in all their jewels and finery. Imbued with symbolism, many of these exquisitely worked – and extremely rare – talismans and love ‘tablets’ have been brought together for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition. It’s all quite divine, writes Geoffrey Munn.
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Princess Margaret was as artistic a soul as her husband. Here’ jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn tells the tale of a piece of Balmoral lichen she had immortalised in gold.
Around 180 objects at the Ashmolean Museum reveal how humans have embraced the occult over the past eight centuries.
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Geoffrey has written the foreward to Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans by Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm
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Coral is a complex marine organism and has a calciferous skeleton. It is sometimes blood red and is vascular in its form. Therefore in Greek legend it was said to be the petrified blood of the Medusa, and subsequently it was even seen as the blood of Christ.
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