WOMEN IN THE MAKING – FOUR CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERS, until 24th May, 2014, BEETLES AND HUXLEY, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1
There can be little doubt that there is a strong interest in contemporary jewellery in present times at all levels. This special show brings together four highly talented and skilled craftswomen whose work celebrates jewellery as a form of self-expression. This can clearly be seen and understood in the unique and very wearable jewels they create and furthermore one can see that each of these designers and makers has a great future ahead of them.
Ornella Ianuzzi uses natural materials found on the shore and transforms them into individual striking pieces of jewellery of wit and elegance.
Jacqueline Cullen provides jewels that are a combination of yellow gold, black diamonds and Whitby Jet. The latter is fossilized wood from the Jurassic period and is found along the coast near Whitby. It has long been used in jewellery, particularly in Victorian times.
Gurmit Campbell’s jewels are a combination of gemstones and 18 carat gold that are very much a reflection of their creator’s style and sense of elegance.
There is obviously a flavour of the East in the jewels of Alice Cicolini, the Tahitian pearls, carved ebony and the gemstones and brightly coloured lacquers she uses recall her travels there.
We must thank Joanna Hardy, known to many of you from her role as jewellery expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, for bringing these four very creative women together in this dazzling show that she has curated.