Award-winning jewellery designer David Fowkes, is the only Nottinghamshire-based designer whose work will be highlighted at a new northern contemporary jewellery and silversmithing show, Goldsmiths North, to be held from 12thto 14thJuly at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield.
David’s work reflects two of the main trends in jewellery at the moment, coloured stones and customisation, with around 90% of his designs made to order for high earning individuals based around the world.
Fans include Craig Revel Horwood who wore pieces from David’s menswear range for the last series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Coloured stones are growing in popularity, partly because they have meaning and connotation behind them and also thanks to them proving a great investment, having consistently risen in price over a number of years and in some cases giving healthy double digit returns. He explains:
“Top stones such as coloured sapphires have proved particularly strong in holding their value. However, an array of other widely sought after stones such as rare tourmalines, top colour tanzanite and even the humble garnet are also proving good investments.”
“If the material is both good quality and fairly rare then there is a good chance it will prove to be a good investment. As a company, we work closely with miners and cutters around the world to keep our finger on the pulse of the best material.”
Each piece is designed and made by hand in David’s dedicated UK gallery and workshop at Thoresby Park near Workshop with in-house goldsmiths working with a combination of modern technology and traditional methods.
The company is a member of the NAJ (National Association of Jewellers) and has a strong ethical background.
Goldsmiths North will build on the success of The Goldsmiths Fair in London and the Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold in Edinburgh.
It will bring the best of designer jewellery and silversmithing from the UK and Europe to the north of England and is expected to attract over 2000 visitors. David is one of a small selection of designers who will be specially profiled in the show’s Annual guide.
Other exhibitors include Bryony Knox, the Edinburgh silversmith featured in the BBC Programme ‘Victorian Arts and Crafts House’ and Charlotte Tollyfield, the Sheffield silversmith who was commissioned to make the centre piece for the winner’s trophy for Doncaster Racecourse’s St Ledger Stakes in 2018.