A brief history of bling

Your sword lacking its swagger? Your telescope need more twinkle? Get some ideas from history’s greatest show-offs. After all who needs a diamond chain when you’re pouring tea from a silver kettle?

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James, Duke of York, 1633-1701

Wearing gold armour and jewelled sandals with lion-mask tops, James, Duke of York is depicted in the ostentatious tradition of the swagger portrait.