Goldsmiths’ Centre dazzles with new Rocks exhibit

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The influence of nature explored in show; family fun days planned.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Farringdon, London, has launched a brand new exhibition of contemporary gem-set jewellery called Rocks, celebrating the earth, nature and geological formations.

The exhibition is part of the gardening-focused Chelsea Fringe with a number of events planned around Rocks, including two family fun days on May 31 and June 1.

As part of the exhibit a rock garden has been created by Ian Drummond, the man behind Indoor Garden Design, with cascading, hanging orchids acting as a backdrop to the Rocks showcase.

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Rocks explores the influence of the earth, nature and geological formations on today’s jewellery and precious metal designer-makers.

Jewellery showcasing work at the Rocks exhibit include Imogen Belfield, Shimell & Madden, Cara Murphy, Mark Nuell, Ruth Ball and Katherine Agnew.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre exhibitions curator Ruth Moir said: “Diamonds, precious metals and crystalline forms all come from the earth around us so it’s hardly surprising that so many crafts people draw on the landscape for their ideas and inspiration.

"This exhibition brings the different forms of rocks together, from those who have recreated geological processes, such as fossilisation, in their pieces, to the inspiration gained the rough surfaces of rocks and cliffs. These diverse and fascinating pieces will cast nature in a whole new light.”

The family fun days at the end of the month are designed to give adults and children the chance to hunt for their own gems in a giant, sandpit called a scratch patch which they can then make into jewellery and other items.

Steve Stavrou, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s in-house lapidary will be on hand to demonstrate the process of polishing the stones.

Goldsmiths’ Centre Director, Peter Taylor said: “We’re delighted to be part of Chelsea Fringe this summer. We forget that the jewellery we wear comes from the landscape we live in and it’s great to be able to show people where gems and precious metals come from.

"We’re giving visitors to the centre the chance to experience nature and its influence on jewellery for themselves – and a whole host of other things besides. We’re looking forward to welcoming them.”
 

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