With so many vendors, the range of jewellery was vast. There were multiple jewellers who sold pieces made from traditional metals such as gold and silver, while others used unconventional materials to make contemporary pieces.
For example, Elinor Voytal combined beads, chains and Swarovski crystals with knitted silk and viscose pieces to make mixed media jewellery. Yu-Ping Lin expanded upon ideas of mixed media and combined silver and hand-painted fabric to create origami-inspired necklaces and rings. The art of origami coupled with the skill in the jewellery-making made for an intriguing showcase that fused tradition with modernity.
The presentation of jewellery on display merged art and jewellery. Fifi Bijouz’s gold starfish and hummingbird pendants looked like miniature sculptures and the luxuriously beadazzled flower rings from Shawish seemed as though they could be found in a garden. Renaissance Life also had strong sculptural influences from commonly found objects, as several pieces on display were a storybook charm necklace, clock pendants and matryoshka pendants.
The depth and breadth of the selection available was immense. The gothic skull pendants from Tina Lilienthal were lively with their bright colours while Cindy Dennis Mangan’s gold, mesh-looking rings were more elegant and sophisticated.
The use of shapes and materials to create jewellery was vastly different as well- Tina Engell used smooth golden circles linked together to create a necklace which looked very different from the organized chaos of Yen’s silver and gold necklace linked together via circular pieces. The circular patterns used by Joanna Dahdah contrasted the whimsical and free-form shapes found in Siân Bostwick’s collections. The variety of pieces, tastes and styles of jewellery exhibited at Treasure was incredible.
The most interesting pieces combined modernity and tradition. Nada G used 18ct gold and sapphire for her rings, but their shapes and patterns had a fresh twist to traditional pieces. Meanwhile, My Flash Trash hung charms and pendants from bracelets made out of gold safety pins.
The blend of contemporary jewellers with traditional methods and the mixture of materials found within pieces exhibited a captivating and inspiring sense of energy and creativity at the event.