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The Goldsmiths’ Company partners with Fortnum & Mason to celebrate British craftsmanship

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Two butlers appear out of the clock as the chime goes off to signify 4pm the front of Fortnum and Mason on May 5, 2013 in London, England. Fortnum and Mason have kept bees on their rooftop terrace for the last 7 years. At this time of year, the London Honey Company return the bees to their renovated hives. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The Goldsmiths’ Company has teamed up with iconic British heritage retailer Fortnum & Mason to showcase some of the best precious metal jewellers and contemporary silversmiths working in the UK today. 

For the month of May, a selection of 26 jewellers and silversmiths specially curated by the Goldsmiths’ Company will showcase items from their latest collections in three specially designed locations within Fortnum & Mason’s flagship store on Piccadilly.

The display will celebrate Fortnum & Mason’s historic commitment to the best of British craftsmanship and give its international clientele the opportunity to learn about, and purchase work, from some of the UK’s most exciting makers working in gold and silver today.

In Fortnum & Mason’s second floor jewellery department, the Goldsmiths’ Company will be displaying twelve jewellers who combine unparalleled creativity with exceptional making skills to create truly distinctive luxury jewellery. Highlights include faceted gold jewellery inspired by fractals by Jo Hayes-Ward; gem-set rings from Disa Allsopp and Mark Nuell; and striking contemporary bangles of silver gilt and colourful resin by Stephanie Holt.

On the first floor amongst Fortnum’s famed tableware and tea accessories, the Goldsmiths’ Company presents makers known for their contemporary approach to silverware. From silver teapots to caddy spoons, silver egg cups to honey pots, these luxury items will add a modern dash of glamour to any domestic setting.  Featuring a modern silver tea caddy and spoon by Erin Chenoa Quinn and a honey pot with silver dipper by Adam Veevers.

On the gentleman’s third floor, the Goldsmiths’ Company presents precious metal items for men. Jewelled cufflinks, architecturally inspired boxes, and wine bottle coasters combining silver and leather are just some of the treasures on offer.  Other items include textured cufflinks in silver and gold by Gill Galloway-Whitehead; silver boxes with innovative corrugated glass lids by James Dougall; and men’s rings with precious stones by Chris Boland.

During London Craft Week (9-13 May), Fortnum & Mason will host four ‘Meet the Maker’ talks with selected jewellers talking about their individual inspiration, technique and unique approach to working in precious metal and creating their collections.  Participating jewellers include:  Disa Allsopp, Tomasz Donocik, Sarah Straussberg and Mark Nuell.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, the leading charity for goldsmiths’ training based in Clerkenwell will be hosting a series of events, talks and workshops open to the public during London Craft Week.

The showcase kick-starts on May 3.


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