Inspired Treasures is a trade name for Ancestors of Dover Ltd – The Ancestors Group. Ancestors have been trading since 1992 as designers and manuafcturers of heritage and history related products. The jewellery part of the business has grown over the years and now is selling through Inspired Treasures. Our strength and reputation comes not only from our outstanding client base - which includes customers such as HM Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, The Victoria and Albert Museum, LA Louvre – Paris, Edinburgh Castle and exclusive gift shops throughout the world. - but also from our extensive dedication and knowledge of the subject matter.
Please take a look in our online shop to view a stunning selection including miniature and replica crowns and regalia from Britain and Europe, or contact us should you have any query or request. The success and continuing popularity of our vast range of products at Inspired Treasures is ascribed to a number of factors including those now summarised. (Further inspiring detail may be accessed by clicking on the relevant heading below):
V&A Jewellery: Timeless designer jewellery inspired by the exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and created under licence by Ancestors Group. The first collection is a Haute Couture range, which was launched to coincide with the Golden Age of the Couture Exhibition at the V&A in 2007. New collections are being designed at the rate of approximately four per year and include William Morris, Cult of Beauty, Castellani and many others in a rnage of over 600 pieces.
Crowns & Regalia have been specialising in all forms of Crown Jewels since 1977 years, and are now owned and operated by Ancestors of Dover Ltd.
The ranges consist of...
The Miniature Crown Jewels:
1/12th scale collectors miniatures of the most famous Crown Jewels in the world, every piece researched in depth, and recreated in high quality pewter, richly plated with real gold or silver, set with tiny Austrian Crystal jewellery stones and entirely hand finished. In fact, every piece is entirely hand made from start to finish! A brief history is included with every piece. Pieces include the famous 'St. Edward's Crown' the coronation crown of British Monarchs. The stunning diamond set Crown of Russia, The Papal Triple Tiara, and some of the most famous crowns and regalia from France, Germany, Holland, Russia, Bavaria and Spain.
The Designer Jewellery:
Designed exclusively by Nicholas Humphery-Smith, the range has a distinct 'Historic and Royal' influence, which probably comes from 'Being British and proud of it'! A new Golden Jubilee Collection has been launched in 2011.
Many pieces are based on the crown jewels, while some, are influenced by original paintings of Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon and James I. Our range of 'Royal' Teddy Bear brooches are much loved, and everyone can have their own 'Royal' family by collecting them! Matching sets, or 'Parures' are available, or each item can be purchased separately, so that you can build your own 'Royal Collection', or make a designer gift that is of the highest quality and totally unusual.
Natural History Museum. This collection of jewellery in produced by licence and is all inspired from artifacts within the museum. All the jewellery is high quality costume jewellery using Swarovski Elements.
Royal Ballet. This collection was launched in the Autumn of 2011 and the jewellery inpart is modeled directly from photographs of some of the dancers in the Ballet Company. The collection is produced under licence giving a part of the sale to The Royal Ballet.
Royal Horticultural Society. This collection is immense fun inspired from some wonderful original drawings and paintings and is the first of a collection that is sure to grow. All sales contribute to the RHS through the royalties paid under the licence.
Hollywood Greats: Hollywood Greats is the latest addition to Ancestors of Dover Ltd, and offers a wide collection of jewellery inspired by the most glamorous legends of the silver screen. Rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings are just some of the items available, based on the stars of Hollywood and the characters they played, including Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe. These products are ideal for special occasions when you need that extra bit of glamour.
Timeline: TimeLine is the largest range of historical products manufactured at Ancestors of Dover Ltd, and covers many of the most important periods throughout history. From the Egyptians, through the Viking and Medieval periods, and up to the war times of the 20th Century, TimeLine products can be found in many museums and historical attractions around the UK and abroad. Feather quill pens, Rings, pendants, colouring sets, books, key rings and paperweights are just some of the products included in this catalogue.
Historic Image (previously Winter Reproductions): Formerly known as Winter Reproductions, Historic Image is now owned and operated by Ancestors of Dover Ltd, and is responsible for producing museum reproductions of the highest quality. Numerous ranges cover many interesting periods and topics, including the Roman Empire, Kingdom of the Pharaohs, Miniature Masterpieces, the Victorian Collection, Reproduction Coins, Miniature Swords, and Arms & Armour. A new online retail shop will soon be available.
Ancestors Names (Heraldic Express): Personalised heraldic products and gifts, including certificates, wall plaques, figures, paperweights, key rings, coasters, writing sets, and a number of office products. Almost every product available from Heraldic Express is available in a number of styles with optional framing, and contains information about the history of first names, surnames, and/or family Coats of Arms.