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Goldsmiths' Fair: Heritage, hallmarks and haute jewellery

(I mistakenly posted twice on Tuesday; this is the post intended for today.)

While I did not visit London solely to attend Goldsmiths' Fair, I was pleased that the dates coincided. During its two-week run, sixty-three different makers per week showcase their work at Goldsmiths' Hall, headquarters of the Goldsmiths' Guild.

The magnificent building, which opened in 1835 and remains much as Philip Hardwick designed, merits a visit in its own right.

This year's theme was "The Art of Collection"; a five-minute video is posted here.

The artisans pay for their stands; the guild takes no commission and also selects ten recent graduates to participate without fee, with the additional support of mentors. It was one of these, Callum Partridge, whose work I chose.

Below, I try on his delicate handmade stainless steel chain; the feature I especially liked, a handmade silver clasp, is visible in the photo at right. I left wearing it!

How to show you the array of superb pie…

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