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The jewellery we wear speaks volumes about who we are.
Chrissie masters spots the collectable designers of the future
Local groups can
apply for business
rate relief
Local groups and
organisations who
provide a benefit to the
local community are
being urged to apply for a
discount on their business yourself
Local charitable and
non-profit making groups,
such as scout groups,
village halls and voluntary
organisations, could all
benefit following a recent
review of discretionary
ontemporary designer jewellery is
one of the most exciting of
all the collectables.
One-off and
limited edition
pieces that are
rate relief by sevenoaks
District Council.
by the designers themselves have
As part of this review
a quality and gravitas that stand
men’s jewellery is a rapidly growing
businesses can also apply
out in the jewellery marketplace.
area, inspired to some degree by celebrity
for two other types of
The Goldsmiths’ Fair in London, held over
footballers such as David Beckham and
relief, rural rate relief,
two weeks every autumn, is an opportunity to
bling-encrusted rappers. phillips de pury
meet the designers in person. From some of the most
are staging Hip Hop’s Crown Jewels, the first
which applies to certain
established jewellers such as Clive Burr, Disa Allsopp
auction of its kind, in New York on 1 October. You
types of village shops,
and sean Leane to new graduates who are supported
can bid for Biz markie’s diamond and platinum cassette
and hardship relief,
by a bursary and a free stand from the Goldsmith’s
tape pendant, estimated at a cool $75,000-95,000.
which only applies in
Company, this is the place to commission your dream
Lil’ Jon’s fancy yellow diamond and gold Crunk Ain’t
exceptional circumstances
Dead necklace, created by Jason of Beverly hills, is a
to local businesses who
Innovation is the name of the contemporary jewellery
whopping 19 x 15 cm and the world’s largest diamond
provide a service to
game right now. Bobby White’s motion rings have
pendant, expected to fetch $200,000-300,000.
the community and
hidden hinges that permit the ring to move around,
Let’s hope that the latest hot jewellery trend, reported
are suffering financial
to become a pendant or even a work of art on your
in The Jeweller, doesn’t make the transatlantic crossing
dressing table. Kelvin Birk pulverises gem stones and
anytime soon: Atlanta-based pet’s Jeweller provides
Under the current
then reconstructs them, while Nicholas Yiannarakis
£3,300 gold and diamond dog accessories and Bling
review businesses have
pushes the boundaries of traditional gem-cutting. Tom
Bling puppy provide dog beds made from crystal at
until 10 October to apply.
rucker’s laser welded platinum jewellery is inspired by
For further details and an
application form please
important architecture, such as sir Norman Foster’s new
German parliament building in Berlin.
Chrissie masters runs The Design Gallery in
contact the council’s
Inspirations are myriad for the designer of today, with
Westerham / 01959
local tax team on 01732
Regina Aradesian’s exquisite and difficult to achieve
transparent plique-a-jour enamelling reintroducing a
recycling rates
technique last used at the beginning of the 20th Century.
her work will be seen at The Design Gallery from mid-
rise in sevenoaks October.
David miracca’s signature pieces reinterpret the
sevenoaks district had glamorous Art Deco period with micro-pavé set
the highest recycling rates diamonds; Ornella Iannuzzi’s collection features A quality and gravitas that
to date in the first quarter pyrite minerals collected in the French Alps and stand out: innovation is currently the name
of this year. Jacqueline Cullen uses Whitby jet, of the game in contemporary designer jewellery
Using the weekly beloved of the Victorians, in and it’s is one of the most exciting of all the
clear and black sack a totally contemporary way. collectables.The Goldsmiths’ Fair takes place in
collection service and the regina offers advice for the London every autumn and is an opportunity to
council’s garden waste modern magpie. “Collectable meet the designers in person
collection service, 35.2% contemporary
of household waste was jewellery, for me, is
recycled from April to about the bespoke
June 2008 compared with and unique pieces that
33% for the same period have fascinating ideas
last year. Cllr Avril behind them. The
hunter, the council’s collector has to have
cabinet member with passion and drive for the
responsibility for the piece, to want to feel and
refuse and recycling, said: discover the beauty, the
“Unlike many authorities story, the technique and
we are continuing with the craftsmanship that goes into
our weekly refuse and creating these fascinating items,”
recycling collection.” she says.
 vine October 2008
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