From 26 September to 9 October 2011, Goldsmiths’ Hall was occupied by 180 jewellers and silversmiths from all over the country, showcasing a range of innovative designs and craftsmanship.
More than 11,000 visitors attended the Fair. The Best New Design awards in both weeks went to two recent graduates: week one’s winner, jeweller Emmeline Hastings, combines contrasting materials, including perspex, wood, stainless steel, titanium and precious metals, in a process to create both wearable and non-wearable objects; while week two’s winner, silversmith Charlotte Tollyfield, was selected for her “beautifully executed, elegant, functional pieces,” according to judges.
One of the highlights of the Fair was an official visit by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester on 27 September. She was welcomed by the prime warden of the company, Hector Miller, and the clerk, Dick Melly. Paul Dyson, director of promotion, then guided her around the Fair.