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2020 Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair in London

Holly Clifford

Event preview

THE 2020 Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair will be held at Chelsea Old Town Hall from February 28 to March 1. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK, is an event not to be missed.

Desire offers visitors a choice of around 90 individual jewellers and contemporary silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.

Exhibitors include jewellers working in gold, silver, platinum, palladium, vegetable ivory, titanium, aluminium, bronze, copper and cellulose acetate and incorporating resin, gemstones, seaglass, silk threads, pearls, enamelwork and beads into their work.

In addition several contemporary silversmiths will be exhibiting including Anna Rennie who creates functional silverware inspired by nature’s organic shapes, Brett Payne with his striking candlesticks, vases and tableware, Eileen Gatt whose silverware in inspired by polar landscapes and wildlife and Rebecca Joselyn who draws inspiration from throw away packaging and whose work is collected by the Duke of Devonshire.

Anyone celebrating a special occasion – maybe a birthday or anniversary – may also like to speak to many of the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling inherited jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

Whether you are looking to treat yourself, purchase a unique gift for someone special or commission something for a special occasion, make a date to visit Desire in Chelsea.

Admission: £7.

Opening times: Daily from 10am to 5pm.

Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE