Light aqua prism “Symmetry” ring Luke Shimell and Emma MaddenGoldsmiths’ Fair is Europe’s largest and most prestigious selling exhibition of jewellery, silver and precious objects by leading and up-coming jewellers and silversmiths.  Now in its 31st year, this annual event is loved and enjoyed not just by the designer-makers who exhibit, but by the thousands of jewellery enthusiasts who visit each year.
 


Its enduring popularity is due to the fact that the Fair is all about originality and individuality.  Each of the designer-makers is an artist; they don’t slavishly follow fashion or pander to trends.  What matters to them is expressing their own unique creativity and making beautiful pieces – be it jewellery or silver for the home.  The Fair represents the antithesis of mass-production.   Instead talent, artistry and craftsmanship abound and every individual style, personality or preference can be accommodated be it classic or modern, bold or demure.  
 
Visit for the next two weeks (there is a different line up of jewellers for week 1 and week 2) to see delicate or dramatic necklaces, chandelier earrings which dangle alluringly, delicious rings in sorbet colours, engagement rings to fall in love with, cufflinks and macho jewellery for the boys, delightful charm bracelets for the girls and a dazzling array of stunning silverware for the table.  The variety of styles at this selling event is breathtaking.
 
The exhibitors are all selected by the Goldsmiths’ Company and every piece on sale bears a hallmark, the earliest form of consumer protection.  Designer-makers from remote parts of the country will forsake their small workshops bringing with them their latest collections. There are 90 designers present each week providing the perfect opportunity to buy stunning jewellery and silver direct from the makers themselves.  It is also fascinating finding out how pieces are made and what inspires them. In addition commissioning bespoke pieces and having an input in the design process is hugely satisfying.
 Continuous gold wire necklace by Amy Logan
This year there is an exciting line-up of new exhibitors, notably jewellers Robinson Pelham who will be launching their vibrant and dazzling Elystan Collection.  Then there is jewellery duo Luke Shimmell and Emma Madden’s whose debut fine collection entitled ‘Symmetry’ is inspired by ancient architecture and classic mathematics, with each stone used having been selected for its perfect proportions and precision cutting.
 
Renowned jeweller Hannah Martin also makes her first appearance at Goldsmiths’ Fair with her timeless but distinctly modern jewellery inspired by narrative.  Her ‘Delirium’ ring for example pays homage to ‘The Comte de St. Germain’, an enduring character who possessed the elixir of life.  Also new to the Fair is Japanese jeweller Junko Hirai whose jewellery expresses her love of nature, clearly evident in her beautifully observed and slightly quirky creations.  
 
In the silversmithing category first-time exhibitors include Rebecca de Quin, whose latest collection has been designed to encourage an informal use, display and enjoyment of contemporary tableware, and Philip Kydd who has done commissions for a long list of distinguished patrons.  Philip’s new range of ‘Radiance’ bowls, reflect his fascination with the sea and he successfully captures its ebb and flow through his subtle use of texture and reflections.  Each artist has been chosen for their unique experiences and stories that fuel the creation of their individual work.
 Instinctive Behaviour Earrings from Maiko Nagayama
As always Goldsmiths’ Fair promotes exciting new talent with its graduate bursary scheme and this year 10 new recent graduates will be making their debut at the Fair.  Among them are jewellers Merlin Planterose, Victoria Walker, Heather Woof, De Anna Kiernan and Amy Logan and silversmiths Rebecca Hill, Colette Bishop, Aoife White, Kate Earlam and Shaun Grace.  Both Kate and Shaun were recent Goldsmiths’ Company Young Designer Silversmith winners and have pieces in national museums.  Although all of them are still under 30 they have been singled out for the originality of their work and their craftsmanship.
 
Goldsmiths’ Fair is a must for anyone who has an eye for the unique and original and who appreciates the value of the handmade.
 
VENUE:
Goldsmiths’ Hall,
Foster Lane,
London EC2V 6BN
Tel: 020 7606 7010
www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk

Week One: Monday 23 to Sunday 29 September
(closed Monday 30 September)
Week Two: Tuesday 1 to Sunday 6 October

OPENING TIMES:
11am – 7pm  Monday – Friday (last admission half an hour before closing)
10am – 6pm  Saturday and Sunday (last admission half an hour before closing)

Admission by catalogue purchasable on the door
£10 for one week - £15 for two weeks
Open to the public and trade
 
FACIILITIES:
Licensed Café on site offering drinks and delicious food throughout the day
 
UNDERGROUND STATIONS:
St Paul’s, Mansion House, Barbican, Bank, Blackfriars
 
BUSES:
8, 11, 25, 100, 242, 56, 521

44 Hockley Street

Hockley

Birmingham

B18 6BH

Tel: +44 (0)121 507 0994

Company number 07258309