Designers line up for Masters of Modern Jewellery

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Joanna Hardy show to feature Shaun Leane, Noor Fares and more.

A world-famous jewellery show from the 1960s is set to be revived in London this month, with the opening of Masters of Modern Jewellery 2014, held in homage to the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890-1961.

This new show, curated by Joanna Hardy and hosted at the Beetles + Huxley gallery in London, has been inspired by the 1961 exhibition, which celebrated jewellery making and the new wave of designer-makers who were breathing life into the industry at the time.

Masters of Modern Jewellery 2014 has been created with a similar ethos, presenting jewellery from the Art Deco period to the present day.

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It will feature work from names both new and established, including Noor Fares, Disa Allsop, Monique Daniels, Andrew Grima, Ingo Henn, Shaun Leane and Tom Rucker. Pieces will also be displayed from Asprey’s School, Louis Boucheron and Jacqueline Mina.

A number of pieces will be shown for the first time, including work by Parisian Marc Auclert, who makes his London debut in this exhibition with examples of jewellery that incorporates ancient artefacts.

Other designs include diamond-set pieces from the 1930s and 1950s, including a French Bombé cocktail ring comprising a total of 85 diamonds, sitting alongside an Argentinian gold and diamond necklace.

While celebrating designs from decades past, the exhibition will also delve into pieces by emerging star, namely Central St Martins graduate Noor Fares, and Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2014 NexGem Monique Daniels, who has been working at the Goldsmiths Centre for a year since graduating two years ago.

The show will open on October 13 with an evening launch event, running through to December 13 2014. The two-month showcase will also host two special breakfasts with Joanna Hardy and some of the jewellery designer taking part, scheduled for October 16 and November 6 at the gallery. A special evening lecture titled Jewels that Catch An Expert’s Eye will be held on November 12, led by Hardy.

A statement about the show said: "2014 there are an enormous wealth of talented jewellery designers and craftspeople who need continued encouragement and support to achieve excellence. This will only be realised if the wearer continues to search out beautifully handcrafted individual and bespoke jewels, so that the skills of the goldsmith are kept alive and not lost forever. Masters of Modern Jewellery 2014 will be a unique opportunity for those who missed the inaugural exhibition in 2013 to be introduced to a wide selection of styles and once again champion individuality and support creativity".
 

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