I recently came across an interesting article in the Fashion and Style section of the New York Times. ‘The Jeweler’s Art’ focuses on an exhibition of 12 contemporary art jewelers at The Goldsmilths Company of London. The exhibition, titled Creation II, brings together work by twelve of the most distinguished art-jewelers working in Great Britain.
Traditionally, jewelry making was dominated by famous couture houses that focused primarily on the value of precious metals and stones incorporated into the
designs. However, this exhibition celebrates the rise of the independent art jeweler. Participants in this show articulate a desire to move beyond technical or design challenges and explore stimulating ideas and mediums.
Creation II gives an insight into the mind of the modern designer-jeweler, while focusing on a group of elite craftsmen actively working in the UK today. Open at Goldsmiths’ Hall from Friday May 29 to Saturday July 11 it follows on from the exhibition Creation I held in 2004, which concentrated on silversmiths.
Pictured above: arch ring by Anthony Roussel in birch wood, Pictured Right: necklace by Eric Lopez.