Rachel Garrahan, jewellery and watch director at British Vogue, selects her favourite pieces on display at this year’s Fair.
Britain has a long tradition of outstanding craftsmanship in goldsmithing and to see it brought into the 21st century with the very first digital Goldsmith’s Fair is a proud moment. I love the sense of discovery you always get at the Fair, even better now that everything can be appreciated from the comfort of your own home.
To choose my favourites was almost impossible but Shimell and Madden’s delicate symmetry and exquisite craftsmanship never fails to make me weak at the knees. The delicate constellation of diamonds in their Lynx ring set is the perfect choice for the modern bride and uses recycled diamonds and gold to boot.
Since 2020 has been the year of endless Zooms, an attention-grabbing pair of earrings is a must. I love these Art-Deco-Meets-The Future shoulder dusters from Tomasz Donocik.
For the less bold but equally chic jewellery lover, the delicate movement and proportions of Yumiko Iijima’s earrings are perfect for everyday.
The Fair’s curation also proves that beautifully handcrafted jewellery doesn’t have to cost the earth. Edinburgh’s Ruth Leslie proves this with her statement Long Art Teacher Earrings.
Equally I can’t wait to attach the antique-inspired but wholly contemporary lines of Ella Fearon-Low’s Lanceolate brooch to every outfit this winter.
Finally, Barbados-born, London-based Disa Allsopp loves to contrast the intense colour of precious gemstones with the organic texture of hammered, melted gold. Her rhodolite ring is not only beautiful to look at on the hand but the texture of its gold would also be a constant reminder of the hand that made the object.
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