Talks

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.

Tickets for Breakfast Talks will be available soon.

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

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

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.

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