Editor’s Picks: United Colours of Independents

There are lots of exciting colours burning bright with the independent, one man band jewellers. Here are some jewels whose brilliant colours caught my eye.

Amanda Brighton Princess of the Woods agate ring set with tsavorite, amethyst and hot pink sapphires. £2,300

There are lots of exciting colours burning bright with the independent, one man band jewellers. Here are some jewels whose brilliant colours caught my eye. Going to a jewellery show with 150 different exhibitors requires a little forward planning. Otherwise the abundance of creativity, colour and styles can be a little overwhelming. So I hope to give you a hand by sharing with you what caught my eye on my visit Treasure before the doors were opened to the public. My first piece of advice is to give yourself plenty of time. Coming to an exhibition like this is not like going to say a Cartier or Tiffany boutique where a sales assistant will take you through the collections in a logical fashion. So take time to wonder round and let your eyes guide you as you establish what most tempts you. If you are anything like me, you will then want to talk to each jeweller, which could take hours on end, as they tend to be such a interesting people and generous with their time. Each one is utterly different and I find myself immersed in their stories before we even get on to talking about jewellery. And talking of stories, don't miss Aradia Nista's endangered species series and do ask her about the mice in the tennis ball. Its a great story. As one of the greatest advantages of Treasure is meeting the maker - and even discussing commissions-  take full advantage of this and take your time. I am naturally attracted to colour and have selected these pieces for their attractive and sometimes interesting use of hues. I was immediately drawn to Amanda Brighton's deliciously rich colour combinations set against the cool grey of agate from which the shanks of the rings are made.  SHO has made a big splash with colour and the Coin ring shown here is exhuberantly bubbling over with jungle greens,  amber yellows and deep pools of blue. Ornella Iannuzzi, whose works are very much inspired by nature, makes a homage to an incredible Ethiopian Wello opal burning with a crucible of colours in the Axum ring. Glaswegian Marianne Anderson takes details from ironwork to make these delightful Swirl earrings with a garnet drop. I like how Marianne uses the subtle glow of the rich-red garnet to highlight the sculptural form of earring: a well-tempered combination of form and colour. Regina Aradesian spoke to me about her Aradesi brand that uses skillful enamelling techniques to create deep pools of colour. I like the CAD pendant with its sinuous organic shapes and watery hues. Rina Tairo is a Finnish jeweller based in Brighton who has made an art of weaving gold into mesh. The richness of texture of the woven body of this ring offsets the gentle glow of the green prehnite stone. And for a bit of fun, how about  Lez Bazella's cute little frog pendant? His beady tsavorite eyes shine out from his diamond-decked body as he ambitiously attempts to climb up that little bit further. And I know this is a bit of an odd-one out, but I couldn't help including the textile bracelet by Tsai-Yoshikawa the Taiwanese artist who collaborates with Kimiya Yoshikawa in making spectacular light sculptures. I love the impact of the two tones and the freedom of proportions and shape that Tsai adopts in this talking piece. I hope that this preview helps you make the most of your visit to Treasure this weekend. But don't despair if you don't make it around all of the stands, the jewellers'  websites are all on the London Jewellery Week website and you can find them by clicking  here.  I am sure they would be glad to hear from you throughout the year.

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