If you’re already panicking because the John Lewis Christmas advert is out but you haven’t bought your gifts and are in need of some scintillating shopping ideas; or maybe you’re sick of twinkling lights and looking for something delightful to distract you from Christmas, here’s a run down of some of the jewellery events coming up in November and December for a little sparkling escape!
Already running until 9 Nov : Spirit of Christmas, Olympia – but you’ll have to get your skates on!
Already running until 31 Dec : Inspire Exhibition, Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne has an impressive 300+ makers on show
9th – January 2015 : Dazzle@Oxo are returning for the London Dazzle exhibition at the Oxo Tower Wharf in what promises to be a huge event with a host of talented designers ranging from new graduates to established makers
10th : F&L Designer Guides are hosting a #speeddateadesigner event at the Fable Bar, London, to help you meet talented engagement (and other jewellery!) ring designers to help you create your perfect jewels. It’s a great opportunity to help you get to know someone who could create one of the most precious items of jewellery you will ever own. Tickets must be pre-booked so check it out now!
12 – 16th : Country Living Christmas Fair, Islington at the Business Design Centre. There are three of these in November at different locations and each of them feature some jewellery designers as well as a host of other gift ideas, do check out the exhibitors list for each different location to see if your favourite local jewellery designer will be there.
14 – 16th : Handmade in Britain, Chelsea. Returning for it’s eighth year to this beautiful location the £7 entry fee should be well worth it – there’s even a private view on 13th for £18 which sounds like a great idea to treat a jewellery lover. We’re particularly excited by some of the new graduates being showcased this year such as Alexandra Goodrick
15th : Introduction to Jewellery Making, Newark, 3 hour workshop hosted by Aarticrafts by Fi (a fab blogger we follow) in conjunction with Crafty Betty. It’s a simple intro to jewellery making but the really exciting part is the sheer number of pieces of jewellery and techniques covered. It should be a really lovely opportunity to test yourself and your potential jewellering (not a real word I know) skills!
20 – 23rd : Country Living Christmas Fair, Glasgow at the SECC
21 – 23 : Brighton MADE fair, Corn Exchange. If it’s anything like MADE London this is definitely worth a visit
21 Nov – 24 Dec : ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, the annual Contemporary Applied Arts Seasonal Selling Exhibition in Southwark Street promises to be a fantastic opportunity to see an extravaganza of creative joy. Details aren’t out at the time of publishing but entry is likely to be free and should be a great way to fill a chilly afternoon
22 Nov – January 2015 : The Devon Guild of Craftsman are holding their annual MAKE fair, Bovey Tracey
22 Nov – January 2015 : Crafted for Christmas, New Brewery Arts Cirencester has a great selection of jewellers featuring, including friend of the blog Emma Swailes
27 – 30th : Country Living Christmas Fair, Harrogate at HIC
27 – 30th : Made in Clerkenwell, presented by Craft Central and spread over three venues, all within walking distance of each other, this growing event is not to be missed for anyone in London as it features over 100 designers (not all jewellers but what an opportunity to do all your Christmas shopping in one place!) and for the single ticket price you get unlimited entry!
28 – 30th : Cockpit Arts Open Studio, Holborn is a great chance to buy unique and original gifts, entry from £3 and at two different locations
29 – 30th : Crafty Fox Market, getting you into the Christmas spirit these markets offer much more than simply shopping opportunities
30th : Friend of the blog Genna Designs will be taking part in the WASPS Christmas sale, keep an eye on her website for details
4th : Brew-dog, Dundee – rumour of an exciting event with music and drinks…and jewellery…we’re keeping an eye on the website to see if anything arises!
5 – 7th : Online Marketplace Etsy is setting up an Etsy House for three days only in December in Covent Garden – we’ll be going so keep an eye out for us! As well as sellling there will be live crafting and workshops – we recommend following on Twitter to keep fully up to date on this event.
5 – 7th : Cockpit Arts Open Studio, Deptford
6 – 7th : The Crafty Fox Market, Brixton
7th : Tea Green Pop Up Craft Fair, Malmaison Dundee – no details as yet but a couple of designers are mentioning appearances so keep your eyes peeled!
9 – 10th : Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair returns for its 10th year
14th: Bust Christmas Craftacular at the Islington Metal Works promises DJs, drinking and shopping…plus cake and tea…could there be a better way to buy jewellery?!
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