If you have noticed that your office is emptier, the tubes less packed and friends uncharacteristically quiet this week, chances are it’s due to London Jewellery Week.
Taking place from June 6th to June 12th, this week long extravaganza celebrates the best in the biz, bringing together industry heavy hitters and emerging artists alike. Based at several key London locations, this bling enthusiasts dream week will include catwalk shows, live jewellery making exhibitions, parties and most importantly, opportunities to buy. So with so much to do and so much to see, Boticca give you their guide to London’s most exciting week.
Who to see
A former winner of the highly prestigious Professional Jeweller Treasure Competition, this year Zelia will not only take her place on the panel of judges for the coveted competition but will also be exhibiting her Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection. Inspired by industrial materials from a bygone era, Zelia mixes acrylic plates with layered chains for an unmistakably feminine yet strikingly modern range of earings, bracelets and even brooches.
Born out of a desire to turn their passion for history into beautiful jewelry, Renaissance Life is a divine Swedish brand, new to Boticca, who create pieces each with their own story to tell. Taken from popular Swedish sayings, the pieces aim to reflect the past, present and future, reflecting life and its infinite possibilities.
Literally translating as ‘The Goddess’ in Spanish, the designer duo behind La Diosa travelled the world for an entire year to find the creativity behind their label. Finally getting their inspiration from a small local community in Mexico, La Diosa’s look is bold and striking whilst still elegant and feminine and is heavily inspired by the jewellery of the Aztec’s and the Mayans. Already a multi-award winning brand, La Diosa jewellery has been sported by celebrities including Naomi Campbell and Kim Cattrall.
With a degree in fine art, Linnie Mclarty’s pieces are in themselves like a piece of treasured art however at the heart of her designs are ethics. One of the first licensees of certified fair-trade, 15% of the bouillon price used in the piece is guaranteed to go towards providing a fair wage for miners and towards developing their community.
Boasting an impressive win of four awards by the time she graduated three years ago, Linnie strongly believes her sculptural and sensual designs will bring visual poetry to the wearers’ day.
Last years winner of the Best Newcomer award, this year will see Joanna launch not one but two new collections at London Jewellery Week. Working mainly with gold and silver, Joanna’s innate passion for art lends a structured yet delicate look to her pieces and has seen her work grace the pages of Italian Vogue. Recently qualified as a gemologist, Joanna has recently opened her flagship boutique in her hometown of Beirut.
Eastern Mystic Jewelry
Although Sonal Talgeri-Bhaskaran, the brainchild behind Eastern Mystic Jewellery is now a multi award-winning designer, her life could have taken a very different path. Originally a banker with Goldman Sachs, it was only after the sudden loss of her father that she realised her creative rivers ran deep and decided to school herself in the art of jewellery making. Inspired by the world of myths and folklore, she combines gold and brass with a myriad of gemstones and crystals to create bold and thought-provoking pieces.
Chic, elegant yet playful; Catherine Marche’s stunning jewellery perfectly sums up her unique French vibe. Made with high carat gold or sterling silver, her collection plays with the rich colours of precious and semi precious stones, with blue topaz and tourmaline being amongst her favourites.
Looking at her handcrafted, delicate and highly artistic pieces it comes as no surprise to learn that Alexandra Simpson is a classically trained artist. Growing up surrounded by the lush green of Richmond Park, nature is a theme that runs through Alexandra’s pieces made mostly by combining sterling silver and gold with semi precious stones.
And now for a look at what to do.
Eagle eyed shoppers should head straight to Victoria House for the Treasure Exhibition. Running from June 9th to June 12th, it will showcase 80 of the UK’s best contemporary jewellers.
Those looking for a bit more info to their bling should try the Goldsmiths’ days of Knowledge. Taking place between the 8th and 9th June guest speakers include Theo Fennel, Stephen Webster and Louisa Guiness.
Hatton Garden Festival, taking place on the 11th June has something for everyone. A giant street party taking place in London’s famous jewellery district, highlights include live performances and jewellery making demos.
Jewel East runs from June 6th to 12th at Old Spitalfields market and will showcase a mixture of vintage and costume jewellery.
Last but most certainly not least are the events taking place at the Royal Exchange. Don your best ball gown and get ready for a week of gala festivities from June 6th to June 12th.