The 34th edition of Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s showcase of fine contemporary jewellery and silver, closed its doors Sunday afternoon after another successful year.
During the two weeks sales were strong and over 9,000 people visited the event including royalty, members of the House of Lords, ambassadors, artists, gallerists, international collectors, and jewellery enthusiasts of all stripes.
Staged in the sumptuous interiors of Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Fair unveiled the latest collections from 150 leading designer-makers and the next generation of precious metal stars. All UK-based, the 115 jewellers and 35 silversmiths presented their collections across the event’s two weeks (75 exhibitors per week).
In what proved to be a particularly exceptional year for the Graduate Bursary Scheme exhibitors, Danish jeweller Max Danger won the Best New Design Award (Week One) for his striking Honey Bee Cluster ring, a piece which explores the formation of bees in hives. In week two Patrick Davison won the Best New Design Award for Box, his intriguing mixed metal container constructed with silver, brass, copper, bronze, and nickel silver. Both makers saw very healthy sales.
This year, Erin O’Connor, the Modiglianiesque British supermodel, curated a special showcase of 22 personal highlights from the Fair. Erin O’Connor Selects featured jewellery by the talented Nina Bukvic, Gurmit Kaur Campbell, Chris Carpenter, Sonia Cheadle, Alan Craxford, Max Danger, David Fowkes, Sarah Herriot, Vicky Lew, Rhona McCallum, John Moore, Shivani Patel, Ami Pepper, Romilly Saumarez Smith, Christopher Thompson Royds, and Anna Wales as well as silver by Angela Cork, Patrick Davison, Nan Nan Liu, Ana Meneses, Hazel Thorn, and Adi Toch.
Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery: A Passion for Jewellery, one of the event’s two other special exhibitions, showcased jewellery by pioneering Berlin-born British designer-maker Barbara Cartlidge, co-founder of Electrum Gallery, the first UK gallery solely dedicated to international studio jewellery. Whilst providing a glimpse into Cartlidge’s own creative expression, A Passion for Jewellery also told the story of the ground-breaking Electrum Gallery.
Last but not least, the ‘Silver: The Dark Side’ exhibition featured striking pieces with black oxidised silver surfaces, plating and non-precious metals to suggest new ways of displaying a traditional material. Taking part in this showcase were Juliette Bigley, Jonathan Boyd, Abigail Brown, Michael Carberry, Angela Cork, Alan Craxford, Rebecca de Quin, Tamar de Vries Winter, Karina Gill, Kathryn Hinton, Kyosun Jung, Nan Nan Liu, Ryan McClean, Emma-Jane Rule, Mary Ann Simmons, Hazel Thorn, Adi Toch, Jessica Turrell, and Adam Veevers.