Find out what to do today at LJW with our handy guide.
London Jewellery Week is celebrating its fourth anniversary as an important destination jewellery festival for designers both from the city and the rest of the UK.
Today there’s a whole host of goings on in the capital, with the must-ancticipated launch of Treasure and Essence at Victoria House near Holborn, the unveiling of the revamped Charles Fish boutique in Canary Wharf, and a chance to meet Theo Fennell, Stephen Webster and Carol Woolton at the Goldsmiths’ Company’s second Day of Knowledge.
Essence at Treasure
Essence – the Ethical Jewellery Pavilion – launches today, showcasing leading ethical jewellery designers who share the vision that sustainable jewellery does not have to sacrifice design or quality, while remaining socially, environmentally and culturally responsible. On show will be work by some of the world’s first Fairtrade gold licence holders as well as award-winning jewellers working in recycled gold and silver and fairly sourced gemstones.
Treasure is indeed a treasure trove of all kinds of jewellery from the freshest designers, with everything from elegant diamond rings to wearable body art. Split into various sections, Treasure will showcase more than 120 independent jewellers as well as designer/makers showing with different groups such as the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Association for Contemporary Jewellery. £5 entry, and running for the next four days.
Charles Fish London Jewellery Week Party
Free to attend, Charles Fish will celebrate the re-launch of its beautiful new salon in Canary Wharf with a special party later today. Special guests at the party will be three of the retailer’s most popular jewellery designers – Shaun Leane, Alexis Dove and Ruth Tomlinson, all showing their very latest collection, with a chance to win jewellery by the trio.
An Evening with Theo Fennell
For a cost of £20, Fennell will host an informative and illustrious talk at Holts Academy, aiming to inspire the next generation of jewellers, designers and makers these evenings will take the format of a conversation in interview style and will allow attendees to ask questions.
Goldsmiths’ Company Day of Knowledge Two
The second day of jewellery seminars at historic Goldsmiths’ Hall will include Vogue jewellery editor Carol Woolton leading a day of informative talks. Woolton will discuss excepts from her book Fashion for Jewels, with coffee and pastries to enjoy as Woolton explains how the worlds of fashion and jewellery have become increasingly integrated over the last century. To be followed by carol signing copies of her celebrated book. Theo Fennell will discuss Jewel Purpose – Jewellery Beyond Fashion, a two-course lunch which explains how jewellery is impacted by fashion, and vice versa. Louisa Guinness will look at Jewellery made by Contemporary Artists. Guinness, who collaborates with leading contemporary artists to design and create jewellery, will explore the relationship between jewellery and art. The day will be rounded off with Stephen Webster’s talk Black Diamonds, Green Gold & Zultanite: Jewellery in the 21st Century which will focus on Webster’s transformation from trainee in London’s Hatton Garden to head of a global jewellery brand. Talks from £20.
OXO Jewellers Bench Mark Exhibition – Meet the Maker: Sarah Letts
With a long association with the northwest coast of Scotland, Letts observes the different effects of changing light on sky, sea and land formations, translating these into one-off pieces of jewellery. Letts will present her gold and silver collections at the OXO exhibition.