Wednesday 29 September 2021
Spaces at this event are limited, please book to avoid disappointment.
Please ensure you have the correct Goldsmiths’ Fair ticket in order to attend this event.
Join Heidi Garnett of jewellery club Gem X in discussion with exhibition co-curators Dr Dora Thornton and Dr Frances Parton as they discuss the exquisite, unique and inimitable rings from this year’s Fair exhibition ‘Rings: A World of Invention’. The lunchtime talk will cover the landmark 1961 International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery held at Goldsmiths’ Hall 60 years ago, unique rings from the exhibition and the stories behind them, as well as a chance to get closer to selected rings from the Collection.
Heidi Garnett is co-founder of Gem X, a private social club for jewellery enthusiasts. It was founded in New York City in 2017 from a desire to experience and understand the stories behind the jewels and has expanded to become a global community of friends, mentors and collaborators. Heidi is a writer obtaining an MA in International Journalism with a focus on Art and Culture. You can follow her jewellery adventures on Instagram @gemxclub and @heidielizabethgarnett.
Dr Dora Thornton is the Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection. She was formerly Curator of Renaissance Europe in the British Museum and has published widely on the history of applied arts and collecting from the Renaissance into the present. Her most recent book is The Brooch Unpinned, The Goldsmiths’ Company Collection 1961-2021, 2021, available to purchase from the Goldsmiths’ Centre bookshop.
Dr Frances Parton is Deputy Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection. She developed her love of metalwork and passion for jewellery in previous roles as a curator of metalwork at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and of decorative arts and interiors at English Heritage and the National Trust.