Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair returns to Winchester


The UK’s only finest media jewellery and silversmithing consumer show, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is returning to the elegant Guildhall in Winchester from 16-18 November 2012.

Desire offers visitors a choice of around 80 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. There really is something for everyone with the huge variety of stylish, unusual and original designs across a wide price range.

Anyone celebrating a special occasion – maybe a birthday or anniversary – may also like to speak to many of the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling old jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

The organiser of the Desire Fairs, Craft In Focus, has been staging contemporary designer craft events at the top end of the industry for the last twelve years. They select only the very finest designer makers and their reputation has grown such that their events are regularly cited in the national press as being among the very best in the UK.

Exhibitors at Winchester include jewellers working in gold, silver, aluminium, brass, titanium, niobium, copper, bronze and platinum and incorporating glass, enamelwork, gemstones, pearls and beads into their work.

Amongst those new to the show this year is Catherine Hills who has been commissioned to make jewellery for the Harry Potter and Warhorse films, gift cuff links for No 10 Downing Street, cufflinks for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and whose previous buyers have included Dawn French, Fern Britton and Caroline Quentin.

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself, purchase a unique gift for someone special or commission something for a special occasion, make a date to visit Desire at Winchester.

Opening times for this year’s event are 12.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Friday and 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £4.00. For further information contact the organisers on 01622 747 325 or visit the web site at Venue: The Guildhall, Broadway, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH


What to expect?

Amanda Li Hope X ring black sapphires Jewellery
Amanda Li Hope X ring black sapphires

Kirsten Hendrich Jewellery
Kirsten Hendrich

Leonard of London Jewellery
Leonard of London

Martyn Pugh Jewellery
Martyn Pugh

Sabine Konig Jewellery
Sabine Konig Jewellery

Susan Beale Jewellery
Susan Beale

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