Find out what to do today at LJW with our handy guide.
As part of our dedicated coverage of London Jewellery Week 2011 every day we will bring you a selection of highlights from the day’s events so you can better plan your day.
On Wednesday, there’s a whole host of events taking place, including a chance to get hands on and make your own jewellery, find out about the history of Cartier and jewellery in the Art Deco era, while Holts will be offering colour-matching workshops for your jewellery. Alex Monroe will also be launching his new collection at Liberty, a must-see for any Monroe fan.
Get Hands On…
Ever wondered how jewellery is made? How does a piece of wax get turned into a ring? How does soldering work? The Get Hands On events, which started on Monday, hosts a range of activities that even beginners can try. Over two hours you can try your hand at making your very own piece of jewellery from a wire ring to a secret locket. Hosted at both JewelEast and Holts Academy in Hatton Garden, each session costs £12.
Craft Central at London Jewellery Week
Fourteen designer makers, emerging and established, have joined forces to exhibit together at the Craft Central galleries during LJW. An international eclectic group, based in and around London, are putting together an imaginative, wide-ranging collection of contemporary wearable designs to suit all styles and budgets. Free entry, with all jewellery on show for sale.
Goldsmiths’ Company Day of Knowledge One
Thr first of two Days of Knowledge hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Company – a set of informative talks about jewellery from all eras. The first day includes historian Judy Rudoe discussing Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World. Vivienne Becker will discuss The Jewellery of René Lalique, with a two-course lunch and wine. While Francesca Cartier Brickell will talk about his great-grandfather Jacques Cartier’s Eastern Voyages of Discovery, with a cream tea and presentation all about Cartier’s store in the 20s and 30s and his travels to the far East. Joanna Hardy will delve into the Age of Decadence and Discovery, focusing on jewellery from 1900 – 1935. With Champagne and canapes, Hardy’s talk will follow the gaiety of the jewellery from the Art Deco era.
Launch of Alex Monroe’s Chrysanthemum Collection at Liberty
Free to attend, Monroe will launch his new collection a independent department store Liberty, from 17.30 this evening. Known for his charming gold bees and other nature-inspired pieces, Monroe will open this first stand-alone store next month, but will preview new collections at Liberty with drinks and a chance to meet him in person.
OXO Jewellers Bench Mark Exhibition—Meet the Maker: Jane Short
Short’s work focuses on enamelled silverware and jewellery, specialising in the techniques of champlevé and basse-taille, the interplay between colour and the reflective cut surfaces of engraved and carved silver. Short will be on-hand to show off her new designs, talk bespoke commission while exhibiting her jewellery which shows off her fascination in the endless possibilities of colour.
Colour Me Fabulous at Holts
Visit Holts’ Showroom for a free afternoon with Melissa Lund. Lund will give a 2 hour talk offering personal advice on colour and fashion. Match your gemstones to your outfit, learn how to colour block your jewellery and receive the best advice on how to choose jewellery that perfectly accentuates your skin tone.