Another week and another collection of talented silversmiths and jewellers showcasing and selling their magnificent wares. Goldsmiths' Fair lasts for two weeks with a different collection of artists and craftspeople showing each week.
Here are my own personal favourites from week two at Goldsmiths'.
Jayne Coulson

 




Melanie Ankers
stand 7

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Always experimenting with new ideas, Melanie had recently been looking for inspiration by exploring the patterns which can be found in science and nature; from molecular structures to planetary orbits in the heavens, there are beautiful repetitions of pattern and form.
This has been used as a starting point to design pieces using her own distinctive style, delicately contrasting the exquisite subtle colours of silver, yellow, rose and green gold and also oxidised silver, with a variety of surface finishes, producing dynamic and timeless pieces which take on a whole new dimension when worn on the body, from everyday interchangeable earrings to stunning one-off neckpieces.


Sue Lane
stand 58



 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue's jewellery is hand constructed, using sheet and wire, which she transforms into beautiful pieces of jewellery. Her interest in line and proportion is evident throughout her collections, punctuating the designs with diamonds and coloured stones. Sue brings together matt and polished finishes to highlight the colour contrasts when combining different coloured metals. Contemporary designs which are subtle, pure and minimal with clean lines and a soft finish are key to Sue Lane's work.


Regina Aradesian
stand 15



 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina's work explores the intricacies of the cellular world observed through a microscope, combined with traditional Armenian patterns. The jewellery is formed from precious metals with transparent plique-a-jour enamels, which when lit from behind create the impression of tiny stained glass windows. The technique of plique-a-jour uses transparent enamels without metal backing allowing light to intensify the colours. Each piece is hand filled with a combination of two or three enamel colours and fired; a colour alchemy which means no two pieces are exactly the same. 


Louise Mary
stand 20



 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise's work is characterised by her unique use of the technique of fold forming to create a distinctive contemporary range of silverware and jewellery. The fold created in this instinctive process strengthens a seemingly thin piece of silver, as well as referencing the plants and leaves which inspired it. Integral to the designs is the importance of form; a small cut out or twist gives each object an added dimension.



James Newman
stand 59




 

 

 

 

 

 

James employs traditional jewellery making skills in combination with newly emerging techniques and technologies. Though starting points can be diverse, underlying principles and themes connect James' work; the exploration and juxtaposition of textures, tactile elements and use of ethically sourced materials are all key features. By embracing all aspects of jewellery production and by having a strong design philosophy, James aims to continue pushing boundaries, creating beautiful jewellery that endures. The cufflinks shown are of a brand new design being launched at the Goldsmiths' Fair this year: 'Vaulted' are crafted in Palladium, 9ct red gold and pink sapphires.


Ute Decker
stand 52



 

 

 

 

 

 

Ute Decker is a studio jeweller, who would like the beauty of her pieces not only to be on the outside but to be an integral part; from the mindful choice of her materials' provenance through to the careful hand crafting of each individual piece in her London studio. She is one of the world's first jewellers to have launched a collection in Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, which she is exhibiting alongside her recycled silver range at the fair. Ute combines organic, angular and clean minimalist dynamic forms with exquisite surface textures creating jewellery sculptures with a refined timeless elegance.


Charmian Harris
stand 48



 

 

 

 

 

 

Charmian's work reflects her admiration for the objects produced by the peoples of ancient worlds, using simple hand tools and rudimentary casting techniques to produce jewellery that celebrates the qualities of malleability and texture in the metals that she works with. She chooses stones for their colour and radiance, especially opals, moonstone and tourmaline. Charmian creates jewellery which has an ancient quality yet a totally contemporary feel.


Daphne Krinos
stand 82



 

 

 

 

 

 

Daphne's work is globally renowned for its individual style and character. At Goldsmiths' Fair this year she will be showing small collections of one-off pieces in dark oxidised silver with translucent stones, pearls or small diamonds, with a strong graphic quality and a geometric abstract look, as well as more figurative work with a humorous twist and a lot of colour.


Stuart Jenkins
stand 37



 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring silver's natural qualities and how it reacts to different techniques has been the source for many of Stuart's ideas. Letting the material have a life of its own, shapes and ideas can be suggested through to their natural conclusion. Contrast is used to create a visual palette; rough with smooth, texture with polished, black and white. The silver becomes a painterly and sculptural material, in which the surface retains all evidence of the creative act.


Helen Smith
stand 21



 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen works with all precious metals, unusual shapes of stone and pearls, producing unique pieces. She likes to combine colours and materials using traditional methods of construction, hand-forming the metal, paying close attention to detail and quality of finish. Helen also uses black rhodium in her work for an unusual finish. Inspiration is drawn from the opulence and glamour of the 1950s with its elegant fashion styling and can be seen throughout Helen's collections. She loves the feminine silhouettes created in that era and the sense of mature glamour and sophistication. Helen's designs have a contemporary feel for the modern day siren.


Marianne Anderson
stand 60



 

 

 

 

 

 

Marianne Anderson's distinctive jewellery is characterised by her use of oxidised silver, 18ct yellow gold, red garnets, white pearls and most recently, black diamonds. Historic ornament continues to inform her work significantly, with each piece being an exploration of traditional decorative forms, drawing inspiration from ornate motifs and patterns. Luxurious stone settings, intricate pierced pattern and detailed surface embellishment all add to the allure of each piece. By oxidising the silver, the forms recall decorative ironwork and suggest a shift of large scale masculine architectural forms into portable, wearable and feminine objects. 

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