Goldsmiths’ Company plays key part in London Jewellery Week
LONDON, May 23, 2011 – The Goldsmiths’ Company will again play a key part in London Jewellery Week 2011 by helping to celebrate the capital’s unique role as an international player in the world’s jewellery market.
Throughout the week, which runs from Monday June 6 through to Sunday June 12, there will be a rich array of activities, exhibitions, workshops, gallery openings and other events across the city.
A new Goldsmiths’ Company initiative for this year’s London Jewellery Week is the opening of the Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion at Treasure.
Treasure is the contemporary selling jewellery exhibition which is at the heart of London Jewellery Week and takes place at Victoria House, Southampton Row, WC1.
A group of 42 independent designer-makers, who traditionally show at the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair and or feature on the Company’s on-line directory www.whoswhoingoldandsilver.com, will collectively participate in a special Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion at Treasure from Thursday June 9 until the end of Jewellery Week on Sunday June 12.
Among those exhibiting in the Pavilion is the maestro of intricately lasered platinum jewellery Tom Rucker, up-and-coming jewellery star Jessica Poole and award winning jeweller Sarah Herriot.
Back at Goldsmiths’ Hall, two more increasingly popular Days of Knowledge will take place (June 8 and 9).
Each day comprises an enlightening series of talks featuring key speakers, jewellery expert Joanna Hardy and Vogue’s jewellery editor, Carol Woolton.
Joanna and Carol will be joined by other respected jewellery historians, experts, journalists and designers.
For example internationally acclaimed jewellery historian Vivienne Becker will give a fascinating talk on René Lalique, a genius of Art Nouveau jewellery.
Francesca Cartier Brickell will talk about her relative Jacques Cartier and how his many trips to the East in the 1920s and 30s inspired some of the most exotic and famous Cartier jewels ever made, while jewellers Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster will give their unique perspectives on jewellery design and the industry at large.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office London, which has served the jewellery trade for more than 700 years, also plays a significant part in the week’s activities, starting with a Hallmarking Workshop at Goldsmiths’ Hall which will give consumers a hands-on introduction to the history of hallmarking (June 6).
This will be followed by a seminar, also at Goldsmiths’ Hall, on jewellery Fakes and Forgeries, a must for jewellery collectors, dealers, auction houses and anyone interested in the world of jewellery and watches (June 10).
In addition the Assay Office will be demonstrating assaying and marking during the Hatton Garden Festival (11 June) as part of the celebration of London’s traditional jewellery district.
LONDON JEWELLERY WEEK 2011
Monday June 6 to Sunday June 12