Our 2018 talks programme includes Breakfast Talks with jewellery legend Elizabeth Gage and Royal Collection curator Kathyrn Jones. We are delighted to continue to present a series of afternoon conversations with our makers. We are once again running limited-capacity group tours of the Fair with jewellery critic and write Corinne Julius.

Many of our talks from previous years are also available as podcasts.

Breakfast Talks

Please note that entrance to talks requires a valid entrance ticket to Goldsmiths’ Fair.

Tuesday 25 September

Stephen Lussier – Diamonds: the World’s Greatest Treasure Hunt

Join Stephen Lussier into the iconic world of diamonds, exploring the timeless universal appeal of diamonds and what makes them special. Stephen Lussier is the Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association.

Wednesday 26 September

Elizabeth Gage, Jeweller – Taking the Past into the Present and Making it Wearable

One of the most influential jewellery designers of the last five decades, Elizabeth Gage’s jewellery is admired for its imaginative use of colour and gemstones.

Thursday 27 September

Ian Bone & Stuart Pool – The Journey of an Ethical Gemstone

Ian Bone, Director, Capricorn Gems and Stuart Pool, Director, Nineteen48 will give an insight into responsible sourcing of coloured gemstones from two major gem-producing countries; artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and cutting of gems in Australia and Sri Lanka.

Friday 28 September

Carol Michaelson – Chinese Jade Jewellery: A chronological history of this most highly valued Chinese stone.

A Curator in the Department of Asia at The British Museum, Carol has degrees in Western history and Chinese language and culture and has worked in the British Museum since 1990 where she curates Chinese jades, bronzes and early lacquer.

Wednesday 3 October

Louisa Guinness –
Art as Jewellery

Owner of the Louisa Guinness Gallery, Louisa works with today’s leading sculptors and painters to create jewellery as well as collecting and dealing in works by master artists.

Thursday 4 October

Dr Jack Ogden – Diamonds, Rings and Love: A Long Tradition

Internationally renowned author and lecturer, Jack Ogden’s book Diamonds: An early History of the King of Gems was published in April this year. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow and Honorary Life member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

Friday 5 October

Kathryn Jones – European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen

Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collection Trust, Kathryn will speak on her recent catalogue raisonné, which described more than 350 objects in the Collection including the magnificent objects presented to Charles II at the Restoration, and items of historical curiosity and family memorabilia purchased by Queen Mary.

Saturday 6 October

Christina Jansen, The Scottish Gallery: Wendy Ramshaw – A Celebration

Wendy Ramshaw is an international champion of modern jewellery. The Scottish Gallery is delighted to have represented her work since the late 1980’s. The Scottish Gallery will speak about this special collection of Wendy Ramshaw’s work which includes significant examples from her remarkable career spanning over six decades.

Afternoon Talks

Afternoon Talks are free but require a valid entrance ticket to Goldsmiths’ Fair.

Talks begin at 1.30pm in the Court Room.

Wednesday 26 September

Corinne Julius, curator and journalist, investigates the combination of silver and non-precious metals with silversmiths Rebecca de Quin and Callum Partridge.

Thursday 27 September

Janice Hosegood, Cockpit Arts, explores alternative wedding jewellery with Shivani Patel and Disa Allsopp.

Friday 28 September

Corinne Julius on the importance of developing new skills with silversmith Hazel Thorn.

Saturday 29 September

Rachael Taylor, The Jewellery Cut, selects her favourite pieces from Week One at the Fair.

Sunday 30 September

Janice Hosegood talks to Max Danger and Jessica Pass about figurative graphics in jewellery.

Tuesday 2 October

Lisa Koenigsberg, Founder, Initiatives in Art and Culture’s Gold Conference (New York), explores the marriage of unconventional materials and precious metal with jewellers Jacqueline Cullen, Dovile Bertulyte and Cristina Zani.

Wednesday 3 October

Lisa Koenigsberg on the use of textile techniques in metal with jewellers Catherine Martin and Andrew Lamb.

Thursday 4 October

Lisa Koenigsberg explores traditional techniques in modern jewellery with Filipa Oliviera (filigree) and Castro Smith (engraving).

Friday 5 October

Corinne Julius explores coloured gemstones with jewellers Maria Frantzi, Tina Engell and Mark Nuell.

Saturday 6 October

Janice Hosegood talks ethical materials with jewellers Hannah Bedford and Marie Walshe.

Sunday 7 October

Annabel Davidson, journalist with Vanity Fair, The Telegraph and Country & Townhouse, selects her favourite pieces from Week Two at the Fair.

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