Top jewellers to exhibit at Goldsmiths Fair

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Shaun Lean and Harry Potter jewellery designer exhibit in first week.

A number of Britain’s top jewellers and silversmiths will be at Goldsmiths’ Hall next Monday September 27 for the opening of this year’s two-week long Goldsmiths’ Fair.

Shaun Leane will be among the designer-makers in week one, showcasing his latest collection Hawthorn, which celebrates the ‘un-sung glories of the British hedgerow’.

Jeweller Catherine Hills will also be returning to the Goldsmiths’ Fair after a break of a couple of years. As well as making cufflinks for No10 Downing Street and jewellery for the Harry Potter movies, Hills has recently begun working with precious stones and pearls and her most recent commission is a limited edition necklace, ‘Bees,’ for Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

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A number of designer who will be exhibiting at the first week of the event appear to have been inspired by recent travels. A recent visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo with her sketchbook provided the starting point for Jean Scott-Moncrieff’s new collection, motivated by the examples of the ancient jewellery she saw there.

Earlier this year, Mark Nuell made a trip to his native Australia and the sapphire mines where he grew up. He returned with another collection of rare stones, which have since been incorporated into a series of new designs.

Catherine Mannheim’s new collection has been strongly influenced by a spell spent in Rajasthan where she taught jewellery making in Jaipur. The rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other stones she bought back with her echo the vibrant colours she found and seek to reflect the ‘vitality’ of her Indian experience.

A number of new graduates will also be making their appearance on the scene, with designers Jonathan Boyd, Maria Militsi and Samantha Moore being tipped as ones to watch.

Week one of the Fair closes at 6.00pm on Sunday October 3, with a new group of jewellers and silversmiths moving in on Monday October 4. Week two will open to the public on Tuesday October 5 at 11.00am.

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