17th July – 28th Sept 2008

Antique meets Contemporary

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6th August, 2008
Art & Museums

Now & Then
Gems past and present
at Kath Libbert Jewellery

Whether it’s because I’m a girl or because I have a child-like preoccupation with all things that shine and sparkle, jewellery has always been a fascination. It’s an art form that has been around for nearly as long as humankind, its styles and uses changing and developing through the centuries.
Once worn to show wealth and status as well as for pinning clothes and for cherishing loved ones, these days in the west it is largely decorative.
Despite these changes, many of the inspirations behind jewellery designs have remained constant throughout the years and these themes are explored at the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery at Salts Mill this summer.
The exhibition, Now & Then, features
the work of 16 leading contemporary
designers from around the world, many making their UK debut. With help from the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ jewellery expert and valuer Susan Rumfitt, the gallery has organised
this contemporary work alongside remarkable pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The themes under which the work was curated include ‘Sentiment and Sex’, ‘Power and Politics’, ‘The Lighter Side’ and ‘Memento Mori’ (death and mourning).
One standout piece is a striking ring by Kelvin J Birk called ‘Two-Claw Cluster’ in the ‘Sentiment and Sex’ section.
Made from 22ct gold, it is bright and sumptuously yellow in colour but not a complete circle. Instead, it twists into a horseshoe shape that culminates in beautiful branch-like ends clustered with rubies and pink agate.
This is set alongside ‘Regard’ (c. 1840), a striking gold heart pendant set with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond, which would be the perfect stowaway for a stolen lock of hair.
Other artists exhibiting include Adam Paxon, Georg Dobler, Laura Deakin, Ruudt Peters Inger Larsen, Susan Matsche, Felieke van der Leest (who created that rather fetching penguin)
and Emily Bullock.
Until 28th September, Kath Libbert Jewellery, Salts Mill, Saltaire

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk