Thirty-two makers have created pieces especially for the event, resulting in a wide variety of individual interpretations in precious and non-precious materials. Crushed gemstones, sweets and jellies, ribbon, graphite powder, flocked and sublimated materials rub shoulders with diamonds, silver and 18 carat gold, in a glorious celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign.
All of the pieces were selected by a distinguished judging panel chaired by Professor Jack Cunningham, which included Corinne Julius, Jacqueline Gestetner, Joanna Hardy, Kath Libbert and Karen Dell’Armi.
Leading jewellery designers taking part include Stephen Bottomley, Kelvin J Birk, Maria Hanson, and Zoe Robertson.
The exhibition opened at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, and then continued its tour to Llantrisant, South Wales. It will soon appear at the newly opened Goldsmiths’ Centre, London (11 to 16 June) – the first exhibition to be held there after its own opening Royal exhibition – and then on to SH Gallery, Edinburgh (2 to 28 July), and North Glasgow College (27 to 31 August).
Image: Bridie Lander, Pendant. Photographer: David Withycombe.