Mirri DamerHallmark Salon 2014 opens soon at Somerset House, one of the major arts and cultural centres in the heart of London from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 June 2014. 86 of Britain’s most prominent designer jewellers and silversmiths will offer jewellery and precious objects using a glittering array of gold, silver, diamonds and precious stones and the key is that every piece has been hallmarked in the United Kingdom.
 


Celebrating the remarkable talents of contemporary British jewellers, the event is filled with stunning, cutting edge creations in not only precious metals but also incorporating an exciting element of varied mixed media. From pendants to brooches, cufflinks to tumblers, there will be an amazing range of metal objects on display.
 
This innovative selling event takes place in the heart of London during the summer design season, attracting those who value handmade items and wish to have the opportunity to meet the designer jewellers and silversmiths whose work is on show.
 
Paul Dyson, Director, says: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the Hallmark Salon in support of the British jewellery and silversmithing industry. We see it as our mission to nurture the development of contemporary talent and the Salon will provide the ideal selling platform for today’s most exciting artisans, for collectors and enthusiasts alike.”
 Tom Rucker
New for 2014 is Yorkshire based Chris Boland whose hand constructed pieces focus around stunning stones that create bold shapes. Armenian born jeweller, Stepan Terteryan incorporates traditional filigree techniques into contemporary pieces. Emily Thatcher’s silver and gold sculptural jewellery is inspired by molecular structures and is highlighted with unique gemstones. French jewellery designer maker Clara Breen works with precious metals and gems, combined with fragments of leaflets, train tickets, maps or coloured card, while Mirri Damer’s work is inspired by the Cornish coastline which surrounds her.
    
Among the silversmiths exhibiting at the Salon for the first time is designer Martin Keane who draws on his fine art background to produce highly sculptural hand raised pieces, Shaun Grace, who produces functional innovative objects inspired by contemporary architecture and Lilly Hastedt who is a qualified gemmologist, with a particular affinity for coloured gemstones and diamonds and has a passion for pearls which she uses to great effect. These three silversmiths all use the historic skills handed down from one generation to another and for which London is so renowned. Stuart Jenkins
   
Icelandic goldsmith Kristjan Eyjolfsson’s draws on his homeland's natural beauty and his fascination with Gothic, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau architecture for inspiration, while Finnish born Sanni Falkenberg is also a lapidarist and has had a life long passion for rocks and crystals, which continues to materialise in her Cosmic jewellery. Tom Rucker comes from four generations of goldsmiths in Germany and is an artist goldsmith who uses state-of-the-art laser welding technology in conjunction with goldsmithing skills to create unique jewellery pieces.

See all this amazing work and metal pieces from seventy-five other leading contemporary designer-makers at Somerset House over the next week.

 
EXHIBITION DATES
Tuesday 24th June to Saturday 28th June 2014
 
PUBLIC OPENING HOURS
Tuesday 24th June: 11am to 6.30pm
Wednesday 25th June: 11am to 6.30pm
Thursday 26th June: 11am to 6.30pm
Friday 27th June: 11am to 6.30pm
Saturday 28th June: 10am to 6.00pm
 
ENTRY
£6 with a full colour illustrated catalogue/ Free entrance for children under 15

LOCATION
Somerset House
West Wing
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

www.somersethouse.org.uk

44 Hockley Street

Hockley

Birmingham

B18 6BH

Tel: +44 (0)121 507 0994

Company number 07258309