Thu, 18 July | Our studio

Unburied Treasure - a peak inside an ancient jewellery box

Where were Cleopatra’s emerald mines? Mark Antony’s opal fields? Ceasar’s pearl beds? Join us for a unique opportunity to view a private collection of ancient jewellery and follow its journey from 5000BC to 800AD!
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Unburied Treasure - a peak inside an ancient jewellery box

Time and location

18 July 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Our studio, 31 Station St, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia

About the event

You are invited you to an evening with Andrea Boltresz, multidisciplinary artist and owner of a fascinating collection of ancient jewellery dating from 5000BC to 800AD.

Having crafted a beautiful map of the ancient world, Andrea will take you on a romantic journey through Cleopatra’s emerald mines, Mark Antony’s opal fields, Ceasar’s pearl beds and other sources of gemstones relating to her collection. You will have a rare opportunity to personally handle jewellery pieces from the very distant past that are normally confined within a museum context, and to glimpse human evolution through the technologies used to create them.

We'll kick off the evening in our Bowral studio at 6pm with drinks and a delicious selection of cheeses, olives and other produce local to the Southern Highlands, followed by an intimate look at the collection and a casual conversation with its owner. Please bring along your curiosity and don't be afraid to get involved in the dialogue!

About the collector, Andrea Boltresz

The impulsive purchase of a single strand of Neolithic carnelian beads has lead Andrea on a uniquely personal and fascinating hunt for wearable, ancient jewellery. A former heritage consultant, Andrea turned her research skills and love of all things antiquated towards understanding the context of the pieces she buys.

From the beguiling peridot mountain islands of the Red Sea, through Cesar’s irrational pursuit of pearls, to the practicality and storytelling of Viking jewellery, Andrea has traced a route around the world that leads directly from the ancient to the modern jewellery box.

Important information for studio participants and friends of the SHAC

If you have attended one or more of our workshops, please use the code SMITHY10 at checkout to get a 10% reduction on the booking fee. And, if you're a member of the SHAC (Southern Highlands Artisans Collective), you can use the code SHAC10 to also get a 10% discount on the fee! To become a member of the SHAC, just go to to sign up.

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