We are excited to welcome Elizabeth Gage to Goldsmiths’ Fair for the first time this year. Elizabeth has been named as an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
In her fifth decade in jewellery design, Elizabeth’s love affair with jewellery began when she first set eyes on a historical ring at The British Museum. Elizabeth then set out to learn how to make jewellery of her own. Elizabeth trained as a goldsmith and developed her knowledge in diamond mounting. In 1969, Elizabeth received her first commission from Cartier and then in 1972 went onto receive the De Beers Award. In 2013, the V&A included three pieces of Elizabeth’s work as part of its permanent jewellery exhibition.
Elizabeth’s designs are inspired by different cultures and histories and nature. Elizabeth explained that her design process always starts with the stone or centre piece and the rest of the design develops from that. “It is a wonderfully fluid and natural process and I instinctively know what works to complete a design.”
Elizabeth will be presenting pieces from her Templar, Charlemagne and Agincourt collections at the Fair and is currently in the process of making some new pieces to launch at Goldsmiths’ Fair. Elizabeth tells us they will include ‘coloured cabochon stones, coloured enamels and exquisite finishes in 18 carat gold’ and will include rings, earrings, bracelets, pins, necklaces and cufflinks.
We spoke to Elizabeth about receiving her MBE: ‘I am honoured and extremely proud to receive such an award for my work. I feel so privileged to have been able to make my career doing what I love. This is a very special moment in my life and one that I will always cherish.’
Elizabeth Gage will be showing at Week One, Stand 61 of the Goldsmiths’ Fair, click here to see her exhibitor profile.