Succumb to temptation and be seduced by the sparkling range of designer jewellery and stunningly original silverware on sale at the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair. Now in its 26th year, the Fair is the country’s leading showcase for contemporary works in precious metals by artist designer makers, and a total of 160 will travel to London from all round the country to dazzle visitors with their latest creations. The Fair takes place over two weeks and is open to the general public – week one from Monday September 22 to Sunday September 28 and week two from Tuesday September 30 to Sunday October 5.
With the current trend of heightened connoisseurship and a distinct move away from mass production towards bespoke and one-off pieces in general, Goldsmiths’ Fair is the perfect hunting ground for those on a quest for different jewellery and silverware to express their own individualism.
All of the designer-makers are present at the Fair giving visitors the opportunity to engage with them in person – to find out what influences their designs, how and where they source their stones and what skills they use to transform gold and silver into exquisite works of art for adornment, functional use or simply pure pleasure. Buying directly from the maker is so much more interesting and personal – equally all of the makers relish the interaction with the client. Commissioning something bespoke could not be easier and all the items at the Fair resonate with the passion, design and craftsmanship skills of the makers. This year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair has a particularly exciting line-up of designer-makers.
With the huge range of jewellery at all price levels – for both women and men – there are plenty of interesting cufflinks, rings, chains and lapel pins for the chaps – the Fair offers something for everybody whatever their individual styles.
Likewise the silverware on sale is equally beguiling and just as varied. Function and aesthetics are fused into a stunning range of silver dishes, bowls, vases, jugs, flatware, candlesticks, boxes and table decorations and all manner of objects to complement and enhance stylish contemporary living.
The Fair takes place in the grandest of settings, the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall, situated just behind St Paul’s Cathedral. Designed by Philip Hardwick, the Hall opened in 1835 and today remains one of London’s hidden architectural treasures.