To celebrate the BJA’s birthday, the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) will be exhibiting their Millennium Timepiece at the ‘Timeline Exhibition’, which will be displaying silverware and jewellery representing every decade from the 1880’s through to present day.
The exhibition will be held at Somerset House London during the International Jewellery Show on the 12th and 13th June 2012.
The clock was commissioned in 1999 to commemorate the end of the last century and the start of the next. A national competition was held by the BATF in order to select an appropriate, commemorative design.
The timepiece is a multi-faceted sculpture featuring a world map with the hands of the clock emanating from the Greenwich Meridian, the basis for the measurement of time, at its centre.
The silver for the piece was donated by Cookson Precious Metals Ltd., the diamonds by The London Diamond Bourse and Club and the movement by H S Walsh Ltd.
Other pieces to be displayed at the exhibition by Members of the Federation are; Decanters to celebrate the Queens Silver Jubilee by Martyn Pugh, a 1900’s gem set ring and stock book from Charles Green & Sons and one of the first pieces of fair mined fair trade gold jewellery – a gem set ring by Jon Dibben Jewellery.
BATF consider it an honour to be invited to be part of the BJA’s birthday celebrations and urge people to go along to Somerset House to view this unique exhibition.