Goldsmiths’ Fair 2011
Goldsmiths’ Fair once again proved that the standard and variety of contemporary jewelry and silver in the United Kingdom remains at an all time high. During the early October event, Goldsmiths’ Hall was filled with one hundred eighty booths, each one showing an incredible range of innovative, dynamic designs and exemplary craftsmanship by designer-makers from all over the country. As in previous years the Fair was divided between two-thirds of stands going to jewelers and one-third to silversmiths, with ten allocated free of charge to selected recent graduates.
More than eleven thousand visitors attended the London Fair to admire, buy and place commissions. Despite the gloomy worldwide economic climate, spirits were not dampened and the interest in and support for the Fair and its exhibitors remains extremely buoyant. Many silversmiths remarked that many of their sales tended to be smaller items with clients being less inclined to make an investment in the more expensive larger statement pieces. In contrast quite a number of jewelers reported the opposite scenario and said that it was their more important items that were selling.
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