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