A rare pair of rare earrings are on display at a British museum for the first time.
The earrings were bought in 2010 from the widow of the famous composer Richard Wagner, known for his opera “Der Ring des Nibelungen”.
The jewellery has a black-and-white image of Wagner, his hand and his famous red cape.
The ring is believed to have belonged to Wagner’s grandson, Erich, who died in 1999.
“I just thought it would be a fun thing to wear,” said Erich Wagner, the grandson.
“It was so rare and it was such a lovely piece of jewellery.
It was a very special thing.”
He said he had not thought of it until now.
“To have the opportunity to have this piece of gold and gold and silver and diamonds, and to have it in my possession and to be able to wear it with pride and honour, it’s a real privilege,” he said.
The rings were bought by the Museum of Modern Art in London in 2010.
The museum has been holding the jewellery in a special vault for nearly 20 years.
It was the first earring from Wagner’s collection to be on display.
“We were hoping to find something that would go back to Wagner, something that is of high value to the composer,” said Richard Jones, the director of the museum’s British Collection.
“This was the perfect opportunity to bring this piece back to the public and to give it to the world.”
The earring has a gold and white image of Richard Wagner and the red cape of his grandson, who he said had been wearing it for several years.
The headpiece has a silver-and white image that is almost identical to Wagner himself.