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Fashion rocks! Fashion Vicky Pepys is looking to book a sparkling week.

WE all know what London Fashion Week is. A packed timetable of season forward shows; it attracts international attention with the whole of the fashion capital joining in with themed window displays, promotions, and special events. News coverage is a given.

How envious other trades must be sitting by watching all the fuss. More patient than most, and waiting for their time in the limelight are UK's jewellers aptly described by Swarovski as "the unsung heroes of fashion".

So much part of fashion but rather shuffled into the sidelines and treated as accessories themselves rather than stars. The time has come to break the mould and given the organisational push by the City Fringe Partnership funded by the London Development Council, they've got a showcase slot. Behold a new entry into the must-see-must-do calendar is the Coutts London Jewellery Week.

Running from June 11 to 15 this week will be devoted to bringing the talents of UK jewellers (an industry worth over pounds 3bn) to the fore with special parties, shows, seminars, treasure hunts, and events dedicated to their talents.

Thoroughly recommended is a visit to Hatton Garden (the historical and current heart of the diamond and gemstone industry) where Holts Academy of Jewellery intend to hold "taster" days, workshops and lectures and even the chance to find precious gemstones hidden in the vicinity.

If you're interested in more edgy pieces a visit to young designers in situ in their own studios at Cockpit Arts in Holborn is well worth the walk from the tube.

Rachel Galley's playful silver pieces conceal semi-precious gemstones which 'ring' when worn, they're inspired by the texture of one sided toast. Jackie Cullen, the only jeweller working in a contemporary style with Whitby Jet has seen her work on screen in Harry Potter films; Teri Howes has 'invented' silver and gold crochet work and Sarah King, perhaps the most adventurous, has expressed her art in precious metals but is currently exploring eco friendly bio-resin as a preferred material with pieces resembling large eggs and starting prices of pounds 800 and upwards.

Can't get down to London? What about a local alternative? Visit for diamonds and antique jewellery in Fern Avenue, Newcastle. See Stephen Webster and Shaun Leane at Richard Sinton, Eldon Garden, Williamson Brown, Clayton Road, Newcastle and Saunders and Pughe, Corbridge. Check out The Biscuit Factory, Shipley Art Gallery and The Laing Art Gallery for the up and coming.


Coutts London Jewellery Week info: Swarovski Runway Rocks info on Holts Academy of Jewellery: Contemporary Applied Arts Cockpit Arts, Burlington Arcade www.burlingto .uk. Stephen Webster Vicky Pepys travelled first class rail courtesy of National Express East Coast and stayed at Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill ( in Portman Square who are offering a special rate from pounds 195 per room per night during the Jewellery Week with breakfast and specially designed cocktails! She ventured on to the London Eye which is to be transformed into a diamond ring during the week; and 'caught' the evening performance of The Lord of the Rings, highly recommended, still thinking about it, still haunted by the Orcs.


JEWELLERY JOY Rachel Galley's playful silver pieces with hidden or trapped gemstones which 'sing'. Available here at Williamson Brown.; EXPERIENCE AND INVENTION Jane Adam works in anodised aluminium with fine silver and 22ct gold. Available here at The Biscuit Factory, Shipley Art Gallery and Mima.; IT ROCKS! Rosemarie Le Gallais' specially commissioned piece in crystal for the Swarovski Runway Rocks event.; LOW TECH MAGIC Hand crocheted fine silver, sterling silver and 18ct gold pendant by Teri Howes Prices start from pounds 40 to pounds 300.; JET PROPELLED Whitby jet pendant with 'trapped 24ct gold' and tied with linen threads by Jacqueline Cullen. From pounds 700.; CROWN JEWELS Pomegranate peridot ring, pounds 38,000, by Stephen Webster who will be on display at The Tower of London and hosting his exclusive Rock & Roll party.; SPOOKILY SPECIAL Silver and black spinel claw and ring bracelet, pounds 630, by Shaun Leane
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2008
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