If you like your jewellery gold, silver and sparkly then you’ve got to get yourself over to Goldsmiths’ Fair.
Held over two weeks every Autumn at the extremely grand and historical Goldsmiths’ Hall, it features the highest quality precious metal contemporary jewellery.
And not only do you get to see the most amazing pieces (and even try them on!). You also get to meet the designers themselves and find out the inspirations behind the pieces.
There truly were so many amazing pieces that I wanted to feature them all. But I obviously couldn’t! So here is my pick of some of my favourites from week two.
I personally was blown away by not only the level of craftsmanship and design on display, but also the sheer amount of engineering behind the pieces. Some of them were very bold, but the designers had thought carefully about the comfort of the wearer, resulting in beautifully tactile and lightweight pieces.
The minute I walked into the show I was drawn to the geometry of this piece. Egle explained to me how each individual segment was a quarter of a circle, which was then folded in on itself. Mind blown!
I just loved the beautiful colours and geometric, but organic shapes in Kelly’s pieces. The marine blues and irregular geometry just screamed the sea, so I wasn’t surprised when Kelly told me she was inspired by the coast.
The fantastic mix of textures between the painted wood and shiny metallic sterling silver was also truly beautiful.
Now if I could choose just one piece of jewellery to wear, it would always be a statement ring for me. There’s just something both so powerful and comforting about looking down at your hands and seeing a beautiful work of art perching on your finger.
So this ring by Misun Won was a total winner for me. Made of 18 ct gold I just love the way the petals of the miniature flower shimmers as you move your hand. It reminds me of a tiny hydrangea, which is what I had in my wedding bouquet, so it felt very special to me.
As well as statement rings, it’s got to be said that I also love a statement neckpiece. And this oxidised little number by Rhona McCallum is truly spectacular. For me it sums up organised chaos. Which is pretty much how I see myself most days!
Now I just adore the strong graphic presence of Scarlett’s work, but I was absolutely astounded to find out she’s inspired by optical feedback loops – a type of experimental film making. She makes these into images and these images form the jewellery designs themselves.
I would lnever have guessed where these images come from, but the collection is so beautifully cohesive that you can clearly recognise Scarlett’s pieces.
This neckpiece by John Moore was truly astonishing. As complete one off which was commissioned by a private collector, each individual segment moves and together create a massive stunning necklace. Not only is the whole piece made of metal, it also moves spectacularly and transforms into different styles.
Here it is modelled by the inimitable Lisa Koeingsberg…
Here you can see a smaller version of the necklace and you can see how it moves in a similar way, with silicone in between each piece to aid movement. It really was so tactile!
Petra’s designs were literally twists on a classic! You can can see the way she manipulates the metal, as if it were simply ribbon. I also adored her simple but effective paperclip earrings, which would look amazing as part of a curated ear stack.
Sia’s pieces really do have to be seen in person to be really appreciated. Each tiny piece is only a couple of millimetres in size and every single tiny piece is individually hand sawn! Can you imagine how long that must take?
The effect of the tiny pieces of different coloured metals put together is beautifully shimmery and mermaid-like.
Heather’s work is beautifully chaotic, and reminds me of crazily geometric doodles! I just love a strong geometric shape and she delivers this in buckets. I also loved the ring (which sadly, didn’t quite fit me!), which reminded me of tiny sugar strands strewn over my finger.
I just loved the stunning way this ring looked like tiny shards of gold strewn over my finger, with the added sparkly diamonds peeking out in between.
Mirri’s work is so beautifully organic and is such a statement to wear.
Structural and geometric. I’m also a huge fan of a big bangle and this one packs a punch but is still beautifully light and easy to wear. Don’t you think it looks great on me?! Would look so fab with three quarter length sleeves, but you might have to take it off to type!
Here you can see the way it moves…
You can’t get more tactile than Joanne’s pieces. She’s completely obsessed with chain maille and the way her pieces move and transform is absolutely exquisite. They almost transform from flat to tubular 3D pieces and are made by hundreds upon hundreds of tiny jump rings!
If I wore this necklace I don’t think I’d ever be bored because it’s so tactile. But other people may get fed up of me fiddling with it!
Here you can see how it moves..
I’ve been a massive fan of Sarah’s work for a while, which is hugely tactile too. Her pieces are made up of lots of tiny movable elements, which shimmer in different light, are truly unique.
Her pieces are also huge feats of engineering, as she manages to make so many collective elements come together but still be comfortable and easy to wear.