Melanie Grant Selects

Melanie Grant, Luxury Editor at sister publication of the Economist, 1843 Magazine, who has also worked for the BBC, the Financial Times, The Times and the Independent, amongst others, releases the first jewellery book by Phaidon Publishers since 1949 this autumn called: Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry.

On Monday 5th October, as our closing lecture she will be bringing 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.

With a panel consisting of Evelyn Markasy, Hannah Martin, Nicholas Varney and
Bina Goenka this is not a talk to be missed!

Register for you place on the talk here.

Melanie has spent time enjoying the first ever digital Goldsmiths’ Fair, and has made a special selection of her favourite pieces which we are excited to now show you here:

Tom Rucker
Ison earrings
The intricacy of Rucker’s laser welded platinum looks woven like a kind of metal knit I might find in an alien universe. The sculptural yet diamond studded texture of these futuristic earrings are both collectible and wearable, a great combination and if I was going to band about the word ‘investment’ I’d use it here.

Christopher Thompson Royds
Against Nature: Black Meddick, Earrings/Sculpture
I think Christopher is one to watch. I’m constantly arguing that jewellery can be art and these delicate morsels of golden perfection, balanced within their own sculptured stands prove the point beautifully. You wouldn’t even have to wear them, just having them would be enough.

Annabel Eley
The Fast Lane Ring
This is the kind of ring I live for. Bonkers, gothic, weird and dangerous looking. The matt blackened titanium contrasts nicely with a tumble of sparkly diamonds. It’s the kind of thing your mother might hate and that’s always a plus because essentially it’s cool. Not every ring should be pretty because sometimes you need more than that.

Cara Tonkin
Icarus Waterfall earrings
I struggled to choose between these earrings and the Icarus plumed bracelet but these won the day because I really really want to wear them. Where to start? The graduated colour, the textured metal, the waterfall configuration, the movement. They are absolutely sublime.

Caiyang Yin
Up to Something
I laughed out loud when I saw these. Strange yet beautiful, they are compelling. Rarely do I see a brooch this exciting and this modern. Brooches are at their best when they convey meaning and Yin has nailed it here. A collector’s dream.

Gearry Suen
Seashell earrings
I feel like I’m underwater with these earrings in a secret universe of contrasting colour with haphazard organic creatures I just have to hold. They are odd, surreal and brilliant. A treasure. I’d love to see more jewellery of this magnitude at the Fair in time. They feel important and totally unique.