Electrum Gallery: Past, Present and Future - Jewelry Showcase (London, UK)



There are few girls who don't have a thing for jewelry - and there's nothing I love more, than to peruse both contemporary costume jewelry or vintage high-end pieces. However, I don't feature baubles and bling on this blog as much as I'd like, simply because - compared to clothing, shoes and bags - finding unique jewelry specialists can be a little tricky. So when I heard about an ongoing jewelry exhibition at Electrum, where most of the displayed items are actually for sale, I knew I had to take a peek.

Rings by Polly Wales.

Electrum, which is located on South Molton Street (near Browns), is one of the world's most renowned contemporary jewelry galleries that also serves as a boutique and features a constantly changing exhibition program. The current showcase celebrates the gallery's 40 years since opening in 1971 and its role in championing some of the world’s foremost pioneering jewelry artists of the 70s, 80s and beyond. Though the exhibition space is relatively compact, I was astounded by the selection and the variety of pieces. You'll find everything from neon perspex bangles to delicate gold necklaces to playful statement pieces. Best of all, everything is handmade and the majority of the jewelry on display is one-off, so if you do decide to purchase anything, you're definitely getting a unique piece. What's more: Electrum is a not for profit organization run by the Contemporary Applied Arts, so proceeds go towards resourcing exhibitions and educational programs at CAA.

Wendy Ramshaw CBE. First showed at Electrum in 1971.

Here are just a few of the pieces that caught my eye, but if you want more, I'd highly recommend heading there yourself. This exhibition will run until June 4, but if you're not in town, you can still shop some of the pieces online via their webstore or contact the sales staff directly by email/phone.

Left: Alan Crawford. First showed at Electrum in 1971. Right: Paul Preston: First showed at Electrum in 1979.

Charlotte De Syllas.

Susanna Heron. First showed at Electrum in 1971. Re-issued Perspex Multiples (right) made in conjunction with Tatty Devine.

Roger Morris. First showed at Electrum in 1972.

Left: Castello Hansen. Right: Daphne Krinos.

Christina Soubli.

Caroline Broadhead. First showed at Electrum in 1973.

Fritz Maierhofer. First showed at Electrum in 1971.

Left: Nina Bukvik. Right: Malcolm Betts.

David Poston. First showed at Electrum in 1972.

Catherine Mannheim. First showed at Electrum in 1971.

Maria Militsi: Necklaces made out of discarded toys, such as mini trucks, figurines and action heroes.


Address: 21 South Molton Street, London W1K 5QZ
Opening Hrs: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00, Sun: 11:00-16:00

49 comments:

  1. So many pieces are calling my name! Did you treat yourself to anything? x

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  2. The jewellery exhibition looks fabulous and what Girl doesn't like to see some pieces like this.
    Thanks for showing us.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  3. oh of course, South Moulton Street ..

    a turn or two in the old days to Vivian Westwood End of The World

    The shops and the history.

    Love this.

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  4. that's cool that everything is unique, I love the display of jewelries you showed especially the rings! and haha ya which lady doesn't have a thing for some sort of jewelry ;)

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  5. oh my, this is all too good and beautiful. love almost everything, want almost everything, can't afford almost anything I guess :(

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  6. I'm definitely one of those girls who's always wearing some kind of jewellery. This looks like a great store, with a lot of unique pieces. I love the David Poston stuff.

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  7. I love jewellery, but I guess most girls do. And these pictures are amazing!

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  8. @LittleRus: No, I didn't get anything unfortunately. I fell in love with that Charlotte De Syllas necklace/choker, but it's way out of my budget!

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  9. Speaking of jewelry, they are pretty good considering the craftsmanship in real gold substances. Here, the gold jewelry are quite monotonous in design, which lacks of creativity. It's almost hard to find a showcase of good intricate & inspiring pieces. My personal favourite would be Wendy Ramshaw & Paul Preston, i find the rest has heavy 'modern-ecentric' element :) overall, they are amazing and make good combination to a variety of display.

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  10. The Polly Wales rings are exquisite. I'm not that into jewelry (watches are my favourite accessories), but these are quite some statement pieces which would bring uniqueness to an outfit. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. :) Ada

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  11. I'm so glad you posted this my friend, because I happen to adore unique jewelry. In fact, I hardly own any jewelry because too often I don't like the typical styles you find in general places. (oh yeah and also because I can't afford the nice jewlery..;) The Christina Soubli and Caroline Broadhead are blowing my mind!

    xo
    Rachel

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  12. Wow, the pieces look incredibly unique! I especially love the ones in the end..it looks so fun and playful. It reminds me of my favorite singer Mika! He always wears something funky and cool pieces like that! Hope you're enjoying your weekend too! xoxoxoo

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  13. These pieces are so fabulous.. Beautiful stones
    lee x

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  14. Ooh all those colors and textures! I'd like them all please!

    p.s. Ooh I hope you get to paris in June/July. Perhaps I'll get there mid January for the next round of sales then. We'll see! I got a pair of bright turquoise patent Lanvin flats. I blame you for enabling me- it's only the beginning of a Lanvin love right ;)

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  15. i love the unique pieces. everything looks great !!
    you always find the best original items


    fashion provocateur

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  16. Hi my dear-wow, what a stunning collection from different designers, very unique and amazing pieces and its great how the profits go back into future exhibitions and training programs, thanks for sharing, it looks so lovely!! xxx

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  17. I love that display of rings!! So many covetable things here!

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  18. Exquisite jewels!
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  19. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures (yet again) I do love the Christina Soubli display!
    I love how you share the fabulous places you go!

    xox

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  20. Some incredible pieces! Personally I would love it if you included jewellery in your blog - I'm sure you would find some interesting design(er)s.

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  21. As a jewellery-obseesive, I'm ever-so-slightly speechless! I want those pieces!!

    I've missed you and your lovely blog darling, how have you been?

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    Hope you're staying safe and chic dearest!

    English Rose x

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  22. These rings are incredible!! So inspiring!

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  23. Wonderful exhibition, thanks for showing us. Respect to your husband for getting married in a kilt. I wish more guys would wear them too. Xxxx

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  24. Love those rings!!!!!! They are so chic and glamorous!! :D

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  25. That jewelry is gorgeous and, like you said, very unique. I love it!

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  26. I love those rings by Polly Wales!

    http://kashaysblogg.blogspot.com

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  27. There are some gorgeous pieces in this showcase! I definitely prefer jewelry to clothing any day! So hopefully, we'll see more posts featuring gorgeous baubles like these!

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  28. aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!! so many fabulous pieces! so many! i love jewelry. vintage and/or contemporary. i have so much (none of it worth much, and i don't really care) and always always ALWAYS want so much more! jewelry has so much personality. and it can make an outfit, for sure!

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  29. Oh wooow! I love great jewelry. I don't spend enough on great pieces. These photos make want to buy everything!

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  30. Wow I'm swooning over here! Cannot get enough of those rings! Need them all!!! :) xoxo

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  31. wow! all of these pieces are incredible!

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  32. With jewelry stores, the layout can only get so creative. But this layout is actually very unique and I would have a great time looking through the jewelery. It helps that the jewelery itself is amazing!

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  33. LOVE the Polly Wales!

    www.inloveiwascreated.blogspot.com

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  34. I adore jewellery as you know from my blog, but not overly keen on modern pieces - It's quite difficult to find "Unique-individual" jewellery amongst modern designs today, however, I do wear quite a bit of Antique jewellery.

    I ought to call round at Electrum when next in London, perhaps I'll find something fabulously unique;-)

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  35. WOW!! What a jewelry!! How come you always find the most amazing things? Good taste, I guess. :)

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  36. Oh something shiney!
    In the begining the pieces looked kinda steampunk, cool :D
    Xoxo
    Sarah

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  37. I love that you posted jewelry!! It really does make an outfit. I'm all about the real bling, lol. Gemstones, semiprecious stones, etc. in bold colors and eclectic designs.

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  38. it's beautiful! i like big and outstanding jewellery. i fall in love with this big silver i suppose bracelet by David Poston and Christina Soubli's rings :)

    great blog, i'll follow you for sure:)

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  39. Wow, the jewellery looks great!! The rings in the second picture are beautiful. :)

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  40. Such unique and gorgeous pieces! Absolutely beautiful!

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  41. These are so gorgeous! It's giving me so much inspiration for my jewelry line!

    http://samalamode.blogspot.com/

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  42. OMG those rings...The cocktail ring lover in me is dying over them!

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  43. loved this post. thanks for sharing all these amazing pieces of jewelry.
    always love coming here to discover new exiting things. well done
    hope you're having a good week
    x

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  44. Eep! An absolute treasure trove! Such beautiful pieces

    x

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