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Goldsmiths' Fair 2012

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by Josie Harris (subscribe)
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The time of year has come again when the Goldsmiths' Company open the doors of their exclusive Goldsmiths' Livery Hall to the public for two weeks.

Showcasing the best of British Contemporary Jewellery and Silver, Goldsmiths' Fair is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and promises to be as spectacular as ever.

Since it began back in 1983, Goldsmiths' Fair has now developed into one of the most highly significant and prominent Jewellery and Silver events in Europe.

For two weeks 180 individually selected Designer Makers from all corners of the UK (90 different exhibitors each week) will be on hand to show their original hand crafted work at the Goldsmiths' Hall. One of the aspects that makes this show special is the opportunity to meet the makers who will be on hand to talk about the work processes and techniques they choose to use with visitors as well as being able to purchase directly from them. Some, such as Silversmith Brett Payne who makes candlesticks along with a range of other items, have engaging demonstrations on the different ways their work can be presented that will leave you feeling inspired.

The Goldsmiths' Hall is the perfect setting for such a prestigious event being known as one of London's hidden treasures. The current building (which is the third variation of the Goldsmiths' Hall on that site) was opened in 1853. Designed by Philip Hardwick it is home to the most opulent Livery Hall still in existence in the City. There is no surprise as to why once you have walked up the impressive grand staircase surrounded by marble pillars and seen the gold leaf ceiling in the main Livery Hall itself.

The luxurious atmosphere extends through to the refreshments available, with champagne proving to be the perfect beverage to enjoy in the Luncheon Room whilst contemplating any potential purchases.

Located on Foster Lane, next to Saint Paul's Cathedral, Goldsmiths' Hall is in the heart of the City of London and easily accessible by public transport.

The first week of Goldsmiths' Fair runs from September 24 to 30 and the second week is from October 2 to 7. Tickets cost £7 for one week and £12 for both weeks. It is open from 11am to 7pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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