Bodice ornament in the form of a floral spray of roses, 1850 (V&A Museum collection)
The colours in nature were matched by coloured gemstones, and a 'language of flowers' spelt out special messages. For instance a pink roses represented perfect happiness and blue violets stood for faithfulness.
The use of intricately woven metallic threads by St Erasmus calls to mind the metal thread embroidery that was a feature of seventeenth and eighteenth century costume.
Metallic Shoes, c.1780 (Manchester Gallery collection)
This was the most costly form of decoration and used for the most formal clothing where it would have shone and sparkled in candlelight.
The complete St Erasmus collection can be seen in Jewellery Room 2