FIRE & FACETS New Opal Jewellery Exhibition at Gill Wing
FIRE & FACETS
17th August - 16th September 2018
An enticing exhibition celebrating the Opal
with Guest Curator
Gill Wing Gallery presents Fire and Facets, a pioneering collaboration of craftsmanship across the continents. The project has created new jewellery by leading contemporary British designers featuring opals from Australia’s famous Lightning Ridge. The exhibition takes place in Gill Wing’s beautiful gallery in Islington, the leading London destination for contemporary jewellery.
Fire and Facets is guest-curated by renowned New York jewellery blogger A Thousand Facets and will reveal limited edition opal inspired fragrances specially composed by award winning perfumer Sarah McCartney, made in London at her indie perfume house 4160 Tuesdays. This is truly a not-to-be-missed multi-sensory experience celebrating the mysterious beauty of the opal.
Each opal has been hand cut for this special show by Loren Gurche of Ancients 17. Loren is a paleontology student who carves natural gemstones in between excavating dinosaur skeletons. His magical opals caught the imagination of social media queen A Thousand Facets, known for championing independent designers by sharing them online to jewellery lovers all over the world. This sparked the idea to invite some of her favourite U.K designers to each make a special piece of jewellery using a bespoke opal cut for their contemporary designs.
The unique enigma of opals comes from their incredible natural fire; formed in the Earth over millions of years, no two stones will ever be the same.
The designers chosen to take part in Fire & Facets demonstrate the versatility of opal with exquisite designs ranging from exotic and luxurious to sci-fi and sculptural, some even hiding a secret surprise.
All of the exhibition will all be available to purchase, joined by some special pieces from New York and loose opals hand cut by Loren Gurche.
The jewellery and fragrances will be complemented by opal print scarves from famous mineral photographer Richard Weston, combining natural beauty with digital technology to capture their dazzling colours in Italian silk.
Discover these pieces in our ONLINE SHOP until 16th September.
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Ellis Mhairi Cameron
Shimell & Madden
Sarah McCartney, 4160 Tuesdays - Opal Fragrances
Richard Weston, Earth Images - Opal Scarves
Guest Curator; A Thousand Facets
Gill Wing Gallery; Sarah Burns & Jade Mellor
About Gill Wing Jewellery
“Handmade on the High Street”
Gill Wing Gallery showcases the best handmade designer jewellery, shining a light on artisan goldsmiths and supporting fresh graduates in their gorgeous boutique gallery. Led by Sarah Burns and Jade Mellor their jewellery design team can offer expert advice and bespoke creations. Specialising in handmade wedding and engagement rings, Gill Wing offer a wide range of materials including eco metals, Fairtrade gold and a choice of specially sourced precious stones.
Gill Wing Jewellery
182 Upper Street, Islington