Attendees will be able to view and purchase pieces by 120 of the finest jewellery makers
In partnership with: Goldsmiths' Fair
ext week marks the beginning of Goldsmiths' Fair, an event dedicated to selling and celebrating the finest handcrafted jewellery and silverware in the UK, as well as highlighting work by recent graduates.
From 28 September, the City of London’s resplendent Goldsmiths’ Hall will play host to the Fair. The Grade I-listed building – which is closed to the public for the rest of the year – is a fitting venue, having been used as a filming location in numerous films and TV shows, including Killing Eve and The Crown.
Attendees will be able to view and purchase pieces by 120 of the finest jewellery makers of the moment. The Fair, which has been going since 1982, champions both new and established talent, so you can expect both the pedigree of well-known brands as well as the newest, freshest and most exciting up-and-comers in the world of jewellery. Each designer-maker is handpicked by a panel of experts assembled by the Goldsmiths’ Company.
This year, perhaps due to the significance that the great outdoors took on during the pandemic, designers have taken inspiration from the natural world for their collections. Ami Pepper and Ruth Tomlinson will present works inspired by the underwater world; Laura Ngyou's pieces explore the ecosystems of rock pools; and Kayto Saito replicates the tiniest details of flora in fine gold. Elsewhere, Annabel Hood’s tea set is engraved with linear patterns that trace the melt flow of glaciers. Emerging as a key trend has been the re- and upcycling of pre-loved pieces in the name of sustainability.
Another trend – again, perhaps, due to a need for levity in the past 18 months – is bright colours and a certain sense of humour. Makers have created necklaces reminiscent of love heart sweets and other works inspired by children's toys. Tomasz Donocik’s gorgeous Art Deco collection mixes opaque and translucent stones with saturated colour.
Along with the opportunity to view and purchase exquisite wares, there will also be a programme of unmissable experiences. These will include in-person talks on the timeless skills of hand-making, collecting and commissioning, as well as the history of the jewellery trade (plus an accompanying series of digital events).
Visitors will be invited to discover an exhibition focusing on rings, which will include selected pieces from the Collection as well as pieces from the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery held at Goldsmiths’ Hall exactly 60 years ago. ‘Rings: A World of Invention’ will look at the explosion of originality in ring design at the end of the Second World War, their transformation into a powerful wearable symbol in the 1960s, and the modern adoption of novel techniques and space-age materials. There will also be the opportunity to view unique pieces from the three 'ring queens' – Dorothy Hogg, Wendy Ramshaw and Gerda Flockinger – and a display of the work of groundbreaking contemporary designers, including Emefa Cole.
As jewellery-lovers will know, browsing and buying online just isn’t the same – you can’t gauge the majesty of a beautiful piece through a screen. Therefore, the first in-person Fair since the start of the pandemic truly promises to be a celebration of all things jewellery.