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Reinventing the past: A new wave of thoroughly modern jewellery upcycling

Join a panel of savvy jewellers, including Sarah Ho and Susannah Lovis, as they talk about scouring the world for neglected gems and jewels

January 28, 2020 By The Jewellery Cut


 

Jewellers are often described as the original recyclers. Gold and gems are never thrown away, but rather broken down or melted and reused for fresh designs.

 

Join us at The Jewellery Cut Live at 11.30am on 17th February, 2020, as we explore this theme in a modern context in a talk titled Reinventing the past: A new wave of thoroughly modern jewellery upcycling. Hear from pioneering jewellers who are exploring very modern ways of working with antique or vintage jewellery elements to make thoroughly contemporary jewels.

 

Chaired by The Jewellery Cut co-founder Rachael Taylor, this panel will ask what we find so fascinating about jewels with history, and what is possible when upcycling precious gems and jewels. She will also question the jewellers about exactly how they are sourcing these pre-loved elements and discuss how this trend fits in with current sustainability priorities.

 

Speakers on this panel include Sarah Ho, who last year launched a collection of contemporary jewels set with natural pearls, some more than 100 years old, sourced from antique jewels. Also on the panel will be Pandora Maloney of Susannah Lovis, a London jewellery store that specialises in antique jewels and has worked on many bespoke commissions for clients to give old jewels a new lease of life.

 

Two jewellers taking part in The Jewellery Cut Live exploring this theme are Colette Neyrey and Caterina Degiacomi, both of whom will also be on the panel. Neyrey of Maison Coco scours antiques markets and auctions for original elements to combine to create her racy modern jewels with hidden meanings, currently selling through Dover Street Market. Degiacomi is an art historian turned jeweller who both restores and upcycles antique jewels through her new label Vic + Jo.

 

 

Reinventing the past: A new wave of thoroughly modern jewellery upcycling will take place at 11.30am on February 17th, 2020, at The Jewellery Cut Live, held at The Royal Institution, 21 Albermarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS. Early bird tickets start at £10 (£20 thereafter). Book your ticket here

 

Jewellery designer Sarah Ho

Sarah Ho natural pearl aand diamond earrings

Sarah Ho white gold and diamond earrings set with rare natural pearls

Vic + Jo earrings made with upcycled antique jewellery elements

Chaired by The Jewellery Cut co-founder Rachael Taylor, this panel will ask what we find so fascinating about jewels with history, and what is possible when upcycling precious gems and jewels. She will also question the jewellers about exactly how they are sourcing these pre-loved elements and discuss how this trend fits in with current sustainability priorities

Maison Coco founder and designer Colette Neyrey

U Sexy Motha Fuka bracelet by Maison Coco

Eat Me Out necklace by Maison Coco