“Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver. It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship.”
Every piece exhibited at Goldsmiths’ is hand made in independent workshops around the UK. The fair allows visitors to speak with and buy directly from the maker, or even commission their own one-off pieces, making the experience more personal. This years annual Goldsmiths’ Fair ran for two weeks from 22nd September – 5th October and we visited on the second Friday. Situated in the opulent Goldsmiths’ Hall near St Paul’s Cathedral, we were amazed by what was on show. We particularly loved the work of recent graduate Heather McDermott. Her debut collection Tidal Surge is inspired by the tideline of Skye and all of the discarded objects found on it.
Mariko Sumioka’s collaged brooches are incredibly beautiful and unusual. Mariko’s interest in Japanese traditional architecture and the spirit of Zen is reflected in her unique designs. She combines enamel, precious metals, kimono and bamboo to make striking wearable jewellery.
At Just Trade we have long been fans of Ruth Tomlinson’s designs (with Ali collecting two of her rings!) She has a clear signature style using precious metals and stones, creating breathtakingly beautiful jewellery.
We left the fair feeling inspired, thinking about all the new collections we are working on at Just Trade. We recommend visiting Goldsmiths’ fair to anyone interested in contemporary jewellery or looking to buy! (All images from Goldsmiths’ Fair website) Follow Heather McDermott on Twitter