The Goldsmiths’ Company and The Jewellery Cut collaborate on Christmas Jewellery Pop Up Shop
The shop will feature a tightly edited selection of jewels from 12 designers, with a focus on bringing some of Britain’s most exciting contemporary fine jewellery designers to a new audience.
The jewellery brands taking part in the Christmas Jewellery Pop Up are: Soizig Carey, WWAN(1), Monique Daniels, Ebba Goring, Claire Macfarlane, Jake McCombe, Molly Perrin, Frances Wadsworth Jones, Lylie’s, Phine, Rosie Kent, and Fraser Hamilton.
The Goldsmiths’ Company organises the highly successful annual selling show Goldsmiths’ Fair at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, and hopes to reach out to a younger audience with this new pop-up venture. By teaming up with digital editorial platform The Jewellery Cut, which recently hosted the successful The Jewellery Cut Showroom during London Fashion Week, and swapping its usual St Paul’s location for East London, it is hoping to engage with a whole new demographic of shopper.
“Nothing spreads Christmas joy like the gift of gold or silver jewellery,” says The Goldsmiths’ Company director of events and promotion David Mills. “On trend, stylish and fun to wear, these jewels make the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Check out this treasure trove of sassy jewellery to really make your Christmas sparkle.”
All of the jewels chosen to be showcased in the Christmas Jewellery Pop Up Shop, which will run from November 29th to December 17th, 2018, will be less expensive than those on sale at Goldsmiths’ Fair, and the selection is more trend led. All of the jewels are priced at £1,000 or less, with prices starting at £43. The designs, each of which were hand selected by the teams at The Goldsmiths’ Company and The Jewellery Cut, are fashion-forward fine jewels.
“Mare Street Market is a really exciting location for a jewellery store, with its buzzy atmosphere and a crowd of shoppers who love design, great quality and something that little bit different,” says The Jewellery Cut editorial director Rachael Taylor. “All the jewellery designers we have chosen to showcase in the Christmas Jewellery Pop Up Shop are independent brands that you won’t find on the high street, and each has something really unique to offer shoppers looking for Christmas gifts or just a stylish accessory for themselves that will last.
“The Goldsmiths’ Company and The Jewellery Cut have a very similar vision when it comes to connecting a new generation to jewellery. There are so many brilliant jewellery designers here in the UK, and we’re really excited to help a younger crowd get to know them. We understand that many people find the idea of buying a piece of fine jewellery at a traditional store intimidating or feel as though it should only be a milestone purchase, but we’re hoping to bust a few of these myths and inspire a some new magpies to start collecting.”
Meet the Christmas Jewellery Pop Up designers…
Soizig Carey is a designer-maker based in Glasgow, specialising in contemporary handmade jewellery and objects. Soizig’s collections are influenced by architecture, graphics and narratives, integrating traditional and modern craft techniques. Using casting, engraving, embossing and riveting processes, Soizig creates precious metal forms, which can be worn or serve as meaningful and playful objects.
WWAN(1) explores traditional styles to create new twisted and edgy classics. The metals, semi-precious and precious stones are chosen with integrity for their aesthetics, their inner qualities and high value. All materials are ethically sourced when possible.
Multi award-winning jeweller Monique Daniels combines traditional fine jewellery techniques with precision cutting technology to create futuristic and fashionable statement pieces. Monique draws her inspiration from industrial architecture, mathematical polyhedron drawings and astrological constellation mapping.
Ebba Goring’s jewellery and her influences make for a modern-day folk tale. With a golden touch, she turns hand-stitched cotton into the finest gold jewels and so a soft thread is transformed into a textured treasure to be worn and enjoyed for all time.
Having initially studied sculpture, Claire Macfarlane is curious about materials and how they may be manipulated and constructed beyond traditional methods. She employs a spectrum of techniques from hand forging to computer design and reproduction to achieve unique results.
Contemporary jewellery designer Jake McCombe takes inspiration from mathematical shapes and scientific symbols. Starting with raw materials, he initially works with industrial machinery to formulate ideas and transform images into objects. Once the form has taken shape, he then combines this with modern technologies to develop the design before finishes each piece by hand using traditional craft techniques.
Molly Perrin is based in London. She has a Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art and a hoard of experience in the jewellery industry. She creates collections for museums, designs for established jewellery brands, and works on personal commissions for the big moments in people’s lives.
Frances Wadsworth Jones set up her eponymous jewellery label in 2008 after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, and has since made a name for herself with her playfully conceptual and quietly provocative style. Her distinct approach blurs the boundaries between design, fashion, craft and luxury to create pieces that defy both trend and expectations.
Lylie’s was started in 2017 by Eliza ‘Lylie’ Walter. Classically trained as a goldsmith in London’s Hatton Garden, this young entrepreneur’s work is characterised by storytelling and fine craftsmanship. Lylie’s designs are underpinned by her belief that products should be made with due respect for the planet and the people who populate it.
Phine is a London-based Swedish jewellery brand setting a new benchmark for Scandi statement jewellery that is fierce and daring. Phine jewellery is armour to make its wearers feel strong; jewels that set you free to go anywhere and achieve anything.
The Rosie Kent brand is inspired by old-world elegance. It transforms handcrafted patterns and textures from the world around us into timeless luxury jewellery. These lavish textures in precious metals complement the female form, and attention to detail is crucial in their design and execution.
Using the body as a landscape, Fraser Hamilton creates tableaux of collapsed monuments, remnants of antiquity, and roughly hewn statues. By playing with connotations of material and scale, fragments of history are transformed into personal totems and jewellery is given a sculptural life.