Alternative Wedding Show 2012
5th Feb - 2nd May

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The 11th Annual Alternative Wedding Show 2012

Focus on Four of the Finest

The magic of romance wings its way to Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery where a sparkling array of exquisite tokens of love can be found in time for Valentines Day. The occasion? The Alternative Wedding Show, Yorkshire’s largest and most distinctive annual selling exhibition of contemporary bridal jewellery.

This year, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is particularly proud to present the work of Four of the UK’s Finest craftspeople working in contemporary art goldsmithing. One of the most significant goldsmiths working in the UK today, Jacqueline Mina – whose innovative work in precious metals has been exhibited at the V&A, is held in museum collections worldwide, and who won the 30K Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Jewellery, is a goldsmith at the top of her profession. Jessica Poole is also an award winning jeweller working in the highly specialised technique of Micro Pave, incorporating miniature precious stones into the fluid forms of her work. Mark Nuell is an expert gem selector and setter, often sourcing stones directly from the Australian sapphire mines where he learnt his craft at his miner father’s side. Graeme McColm creates bold pieces with clean lines, rich textures and exquisite stones: Tahitian pearls, diamonds and vibrant tourmalines are set in gold and platinum.

Now celebrating its eleventh year, The Alternative Wedding Show is renowned for featuring jewellery by cutting edge designers including jeweller to the stars Malcolm Morris, who has made beautiful original pieces for the Duchess of Gloucester, Joan Collins and Dawn French. Morris also created the tiaras worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love and by Amy Adams in The Wedding Date. In 2002 he was commissioned to create a contemporary tiara to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. This year we are delighted to announce that Morris will be creating an exclusive collection of jewellery especially for Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery.

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery has been based at Salts Mill (home to the world’s largest collection of Hockney artworks) since 1996. The gallery is renowned for showcasing the work of internationally celebrated jewellery designers alongside that of emerging talent, and also holds a strong reputation for its bespoke jewellery design service.

Quoted in The Times Luxx Magazine, Libbert says ‘Our clients are interested in jewels that push the boundaries. We think of ourselves as an antidote to the highstreet.’

An exhibition of every kind of bridal jewellery, The Alternative Wedding Show transforms Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery into a treasure trove of engagement and wedding rings, tiaras and fascinators, earrings, bracelets and necklaces all in a mouthwatering array of precious and semi-precious gems with a range of prices to suit every pocket.  

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A personalised design service is a strong feature of this year’s Alternative Wedding Show, and Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is addressing the current trend for working heirloom jewels into contemporary designs by specially featuring jewellers who will work to commission and create bespoke pieces for the gallery’s clients.

Says Kath Libbert, ‘We bring together the skills and design talent of a select group of very prestigious jewellers who are happy to breathe new life into pieces that have perhaps been languishing, just waiting to be transformed into something fabulous. We offer an opportunity to work with these designers to create beautiful, one off bespoke pieces of jewellery.

As part of The Alternative Wedding Show 2012, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery will hold an exclusive afternoon event on Sunday 5th Feb, featuring an opportunity to meet many of the jewellers taking part in the exhibition including Malcolm Morris. The event will offer a chance for customers to discuss their very own special commission over a glass of bubbly and a selection of delicious canapés. Please contact the gallery for an invitation.