Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver.
Organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company, it is a celebration of the best established and emerging British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent – a hub of creativity, design innovation and outstanding craftsmanship.
Each year, this unique event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall where they can browse the latest collections from this handpicked selection of craftsmen and women.
Visiting the Fair
Goldsmiths’ Fair takes place over two weeks – the Fair closes for one day during the two weeks, as the makers exhibiting are changed over. In week one, we show our first 75 makers, and in week two, another 75 makers. See the full list of exhibitors here, and opening times here.
The Fair takes place at Goldsmiths’ Hall, in the heart of the City of London. The Hall is home to the Livery Company of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, founded by Royal Charter in 1327. The Company continues to support the trade today, and the Fair is one of the many ways we do this. Exhibitors pay for their stands to help cover the cost, and the Company takes no additional commission or fees from the makers.
Curated by a panel of experts, Goldsmiths' Fair features 150 exceptional designer-craftsmen from independent workshops around the UK. Every item exhibited is hand-made with extraordinary skill and artistry.
Meet the Makers
At Goldsmiths’ Fair, you can buy directly from the maker, affording an opportunity to speak directly to craftsmen and understand the design and making process behind their work. Each item sold at the Fair must comply with the UK Hallmarking Act, certifying its precious metal content.
It is a unique opportunity to meet the creative force behind makers of the UK’s most exciting contemporary jewellery and silver. It can also lead to exciting opportunities in commissioning work to create bespoke pieces, often incorporating family jewellery, or creating future heirlooms. Many of the makers will also participate in our talks programme. You can listen to podcasts of a selection of 2016’s talks on our Talks page.
The Goldsmiths’ Company sponsors ten selected recent graduates to display their new collections, with a free stand, a grant, silver bullion loan and tailored mentoring delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre. It’s a level of mentorship and exposure that can really provide a boost early in their career and many Fair graduates have gone on to sterling careers as artist-craftsmen. Graduates from the 2016 scheme included Max Danger, Patrick Davison, Hazel Thorn and Karolina Baines. Max and Patrick both won the Best New Design Award during the Fair, and Karolina Baines has been selected for the 2017 Crafts Council Hot House programme.
As the most prestigious event in the UK, Goldsmiths’ Fair is the best place to buy directly from quality jewellers and silversmiths or commission one-off pieces to the most exacting specification. High-profile designers that have exhibited at Goldsmiths’ Fair over its 34 years include Rod Kelly, Charlotte de Syllas, Alan Craxford, Ane Christensen, Susan Cross, Zoe Arnold, Andrew Lamb, Shaun Leane, Ndidi Ekubia, Fred Rich, Catherine Martin, Jo Hayes Ward, Tomasz Donocik, Hannah Martin, Adi Toch and countless others.