Professional Jeweller picks some of the week’s highlights.
With only a few days to go, the final preparations are being made for this year’s London Jewellery Week (LJW), with a diary of events not to be missed.
The capital’s annual celebration of jewellery includes activities and events across London, and is set to be the biggest to date with opportunities for both consumers and trade to engage with the jewellery industry.
Scheduled events include champagne receptions, jewellery fashion shows, open workshops, antique jewellery valuations, new collection launches, informative seminars, meet-the-maker events, exhibitions and showcase events for London’s top emerging and established jewellery designers.
Key dates for any attendee’s diary include:
Alex Monroe’s new collection launch at Liberty, from 5pm on Wednesday.
A chance to meet the designer in person at the launch of his new Chrysanthemum collection, within the gorgeous setting of London’s famous independent department store, Liberty.
PureJewels Platinum Heritage Collection launch 2011, on Friday.
A special invite-only event to launch this year’s collection which includes designs from Sarah Ho, Cara Tonkin, Anthony Roussel and Ana De Costa.
Art at Annoushka, Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm.
Annoushka is launching Precious the first show in a series of three entitled Art at Annoushka – the result of a collaboration with three artists at the forefront of the London art scene, at 41 Cadogan Garden. Precious is Annoushka’s first collaboration with sculptor Bouke de Vries.
Colour me Fabulous, 12 noon – 2pm on Wednesday.
Holts’ Hatton Garden showroom will host an afternoon with Melissa Lund. For two hours Melissa will be here to give you personal advice on colour and fashion. Match your gemstones to your outfit, learn how to colour block your jewellery.
Charles Fish, London Jewellery Week Party, 5 – 8pm, on Thursday.
Charles Fish will celebrate the re-launch of their new salon in Canary Wharf. Special guests will include Shaun Leane, Alexis Dove and Ruth Tomlinson, all showing their latest collections.
JewelEast, 10am – 4pm, all week.
London Jewellery week will join forces with Old Spitalfields Market with an innovative showcase of exciting new designers, fabulous costume and vintage jewellery. JewelEast will include installations workshops, demonstrations and catwalk
events centred around London’s largest jewellery market.
Hatton Garden Festival, Friday night preview event: 4 – 8.30pm, Saturday: 11am – 5pm
The fifth Hatton Garden festival will take place all day on Saturday transforming the infamous jewellery street for its annual street party. Celebrating British Heritage and with fun for all ages, the event lifts the veil on the manufacturing processes involved in making stunning jewellery with demonstrations from master craftsmen.
Treasure, tickets £5, Fri 12 noon – 5pm, Sat/Sunday 10am – 6pm.
Head to Victoria House near Holborn for an exhibition of over 120 of the country’s most exciting contemporary jewellery designers is returning to London Jewellery Week with a three-day showcase in Bloomsbury. Jewellery will be on-sale, from affordable to luxury, whilst those looking to create something bespoke can approach designers directly to discuss private commissions.
Goldsmiths’ Company Days of Knowledge, all day on Wednesday and Thursday.
Head to the Goldsmiths’ Company to take part in its seminars with special talks from jewellery personalities invluding Vogue jewellery editor Carol Woolton, designer Stephen Webster. Delve into the history of Cartier and find out more about jewellery in the Victorian and Deco eras.