Each September 150 exhibitors descend on the Goldsmith’s Hall, in London, for The Goldsmiths’ Fair. Taking place over two weeks, the contemporary jewellery and silver fair features 75 exhibitors showcasing the very best contemporary designers, each exhibitor has been handpicked out of 400 applicants ensuring the very best in quality and innovative design. Each piece on show has is a handcrafted one of a kind, with visitors able to buy directly from the maker or commission one-off pieces to their own specification.
This year the Goldsmiths’ Fair special exhibition Silver: The Dark Side, brings silver into a dramatic new light. The display comprises of both new and recent work from some of the UK’s most exciting silversmiths and jewellers. The exhibition contains striking pieces with black oxidised silver surfaces, plating and non precious metals that aim to challenge traditional perceptions of silver.
We’ve picked out some of our favourites from the fair…
Ingo Henn, Lion Head Pendant (stand 52) (above)
Ingo Henn is a Master Goldsmith and has been working in London for 20 years. Henn has an unusual way of working unlike most jewellery designers who make a design then find a stone, Henn instead sources the stone first and then creates a design around it. This particular piece is made from a unique Aquamarine which was mined in Brazil in the 1930s. The stone belonged to a family friend of the designer who in later life gave Ingo the stone, trusting him to turn it into something beautiful.
Ana de Costa 18ct gold Tahitian Peal, tsavorites pendant
The breathtaking black pearls included in this design were sourced by the designer herself in Tahiti. The pearls are flawless and the tsavorites surrounding the pearl are perfectly reflected in the pearl itself. The pendant is beautifully classic with an art deco twist.
Tomasz Donocik Emerald and Diamond Engagement Ring and Band 18ct rose gold, emerald (1.35ct), VS1 white diamond baguettes (1.65ct)
Tomasz exhibited at the fair last year and caught our eye with his unusual shapes and use of vivid gem stones. These rings perfectly capture Tomasz’ use of classic stones to create a magnificent and distinct engagement ring and wedding band.
Miriam Hanid – Cascade Water Jug- stand 51
The inspiration for the chasing and forming on this jug stems from the movement of water and this is something that inspires all of Miriam’s work. She uses several different techniques to achieve varying effects in her pieces, including hand engraving to create a shimmering play of light on the surface of the silver.
The fair runs from September 27 to October 2 and October 4 – 9. For more information, go here