Contemporary female jewellers showcased at exhibit

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Beetles+Huxley Gallery will shine light on four unique designers.

The Beetles+Huxley Gallery in London has announced its forthcoming exhibition entitled ‘Women in the Making – Four Contemporary Jewellers’, celebrating Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, Gurmit Kaur and Alice Cicolini.

Former jewellery director of Sotheby’s, Joanna Hardy, who is also the current jewellery expert on BBC Antiques Roadshow, has curated the exhibition focused on women who are shaping the contemporary jewellery world.

According to Hardy, all four women chosen represent the best of the best in terms of manufacture and producing jewels that are distinctive, unique and feminine in nature.

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The exhibits official press release explains: “In the world of mass production, where homogenized commodities are common place, there is nothing more refreshing and invigorating than to discover craftsmen whose passion and skills combine to create unique and authentic jewels.

"Each of these women share the same ethos that jewellery is more than a fashion accessory; it is an art form of self-expression.”

Designer Jacqueline Cullen is known for her use of Whitby Jet – a type of fossilised wood – set with gold and black diamonds, while Ornella Iannuzzi transforms natural beach materials into bejewelled heirlooms.

Gurmit Kaur, who is returning to the jewellery arena after a sabbatical, reflects her own style through 18 carat gold and coloured gemstones, whereas Alice Cicolini’s carved black ebony and Tahitian pearl necklaces and vibrant coloured lacquer gemstone rings are inspired by her travels in the East.

The exhibit will take place from April 28 until May 24, 2014. For more information, click here.

 

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