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A foray into the spectacular Goldsmiths' Hall over the next week could be a dangerous thing.

Because it's the annual Goldsmiths' Fair, (this year celebrating its 30th anniversary), where 90 jewellers and silversmiths present and ply their latest designs and collections.

This was my first time at both the hall and the fair and boy was it exciting on many levels.

Firstly because Goldsmiths' Hall is spectacular and imbued with history. The hall (this is its 3rd incarnation) has been based on this very spot since 1339. The current hall with double height ceilings, sweeping stairs and stuffed with marble was designed by Philip Hardwick and somehow managed to survive the Second World War (despite a bomb exploding in the south west corner).

Secondly it's exciting because rather than blindly moseying round a jewellery shop, the fair creates an environment in which to meet the talented designers and craftsmen. They are passionate about what they do, which means you can't help getting intimately involved, way beyond the aesthetics.

And finally I found it thrilling because the level of concept, innovation and execution is at such a high standard. As well as some of the bigger name jewellers (Shaun Leane, Tomasz Donocik and Wright & Teague), Goldsmiths' also offers a free exhibition space for ten graduates, giving them a vital leg up in a competitive market.

The jewellery I lost my heart to; Tom Rucker who seems to work like a spider, weaving freehand orb-shape webs from platinum; light as air and so delicate.  And the amazingly unique designs of Jonathan Matthew Boyd; working with text and hidden messages to create a collection that's part sculpture, part jewellery, part divine!

Goldsmiths' Fair - open until 7 October, 2012
Goldsmiths' Hall
Foster Lane
London, EC2V 6BN
Tel: 020 7606 7010
www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk

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