If you actually needed another excuse to head over to the V&A (we love it there), the news of a jewellery exhibition showcasing gems and trinkets through the ages, definitely had us pricking up our ears.

The collection of jewellery, some of which dates back to 3,000 years ago (holy moly!), includes a ceremonial gold breastplate from around 700BC; a locket gifted by Elizabeth I to her vice-chamberlain in 1595; cameo brooches from Victorian times; a laurel spray made for the Empress Josephine in 1805 (pictured above); and a diamond and emerald necklace and earrings set gifted by Napoleon to his adopted daughter on her wedding day.

The exhibition will be on permanent display at the Victoria & Albert Museum from the 24 May.