During the month of September, we hosted ‘Found in Translation’ in our gallery as part of London Craft Week 2020. This special event celebrated the unique qualities of handmade jewellery at its core.
We featured the individual works of five artisan jewellers, connected by a special working relationship. The jewellers had their own unique way of translating precious and non-precious materials into their recognisable style, or “voice”, as an artist, as well as acting as jewellery ‘translators’ for Romilly Saumarez Smith - a master craftswoman who is no longer able to make pieces using her own hands due to a neurological condition.
We were lucky to chat to Rachel Jones, one of Romilly Saumarez Smith’s ‘translators’ who gave us insight into the wonderful world of Romilly’s jewellery. The videos can be found on our Instagram channel, watch them here.
Several pieces have sold, but there are a selection of beautiful pieces still available if you are quick:
Smoky Quartz White Gold Ring - Romilly Saumarez Smith
This piece was inspired by Renaissance jewellery and is made of 18 carat white gold, 18 carat yellow gold, diamonds and smoky quartz. The diamond frame measures 1cm x 0.7cm.
This ring has stunning understated elegance with its mysterious grey tones and delicate combination of golds. It would make a perfect present for a birthday, wedding anniversary or Christmas.
Bibelo Necklace - Laura Ngyou
Interesting, abstract forms resembling elements of artefacts from forgotten worlds hang elegantly from this 18ct gold necklace which catches the light with flashes of smoked opal and grey diamond. Versatile and easy to wear when day turns to night.
We love this sweet dainty necklace because it made us think of foraging through the forest and collecting tiny fairy treasures to transform into charms for the necklace.
Sunset Diamond Earrings - Rachel Jones
We thought these earrings perfectly demonstrate Rachel’s incredible ability to combine gold alloys, and they would be ideal for wearing in the evening or to add a touch of elegant sparkle at Christmas. The long golden drop is 18ct gold made up of green lemon, yellow, pink, rose, and red gold.
Rachel has explored and experimented with different proportions of the three key metals found in gold alloys; fine gold, fine silver and copper, to create her own 18ct gold.
Midi Stacking Waterlily Studs - Anna Wales
We love these versatile earrings because you get three styles in one! It’s always fun to mix up your earrings and these studs would be perfect for wearing everyday, or all layered together to create a beautiful three-dimensional black and golden flower with a glittering diamond centre.
Small Fishbone Ring - Lucie Gledhill
This hammered golden link ring is a favourite of ours by Lucie and has her signature style of meticulously formed links and chains. We love the timeless style as it looks like both an ancient treasure as well as extremely contemporary.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who were able to come and see the show as well as purchase a piece of treasure. We understand it’s been a tricky time to visit exhibitions at the moment. That is why we are thrilled to have the jewellery in store and online for a little while longer, so there’s still time to snap it up!