Timeless innovation: Selections from the Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection and Beyond

August 31, 2017

Goldsmiths’ Fair is delighted to present Timeless Innovation, a special exhibition featuring exceptional jewels from the world-renowned Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection. Curated by jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy, the display features more than 20 of her personal highlights from the Collection – ‘timeless’ examples of exacting craftsmanship and innovative design. Accompanying these exquisite jewels are a few complementary pieces from masters and accomplished apprentices each reflecting timeless innovation.

In 1961, the Goldsmiths’ Company hosted the critically acclaimed International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890 – 1961, a turning point in jewellery design. This ground-breaking exhibition encouraged jewellers to express their individuality and push boundaries while inspiring the more adventurous younger generation to wear bold and unique jewels. Such was the exhibition’s success that the Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection was born. The best examples of precious metal jewellery have been purchased or commissioned for the Collection ever since. Today this unique grouping of innovative jewellery comprises approximately 600 pieces, more than 70 new acquisitions since the millennium.

Whether made using traditional skills or the latest technologies, the Collection’s jewellery not only conveys a range of styles and a true sense of innovation but also shows how work from older craftsmen continues to inspire and influence the newer generations of jewellers. It is interesting to see designs in the Collection that have been echoed in later contemporary works, such as John Donald’s 1960s brooch and Jo Hayes-Ward bangle from the mid-2000s.

Hardy says: “The Goldsmiths’ Company is an institution that nurtures craftsmanship; if my exhibition of its Collection’s outstanding work sows a seed of curiosity and inspires a generation of budding jewellers, then my mission has been accomplished.”

Joanna Hardy will be discussing the exhibition at a Goldsmiths’ Fair Breakfast Talk on 27th September. To book tickets click here.

Week One: 26 September – 1 October
Week Two: 3 – 8 October

To book tickets for Goldsmiths’ Fair click here.

Image: John Donald, Brooch, 18ct gold, diamonds
Collection, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

 

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