Dangerous Jewellery: How female empowerment changed design

This talk was originally recorded as part of Goldsmiths’ Fair 2020

Melanie Grant, Luxury Editor at 1843 Magazine, The Economist, releases the first jewellery book by Phaidon Publishers since 1949 in the autumn of 2020 called Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry. During this talk she brings together a panel of exceptional avant-garde jewellers to discuss key themes from the book: Jewellery as an expression of wealth and power may have been worn by women for much of history but it is only relatively recently that professional women have had enough economic influence to command a shift in taste when it comes to design. Self-purchasing women are on the rise and what they want is often bigger, bolder and more powerful than the dainty demi-fine jewel gifted to them. It can represent an emotional and physical armour needed to do battle in today’s corporate jungle and in this talk we investigate this new age of femininity.

Panellists: Melanie Grant, Hannah Martin, Bina Goenka, Nicholas Varney and Evelyn Markasy