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The Craft Council’s jewellery exhibition is all about the power of the bling

I can’t say I’m the flashy sort, but I do love a bit of jewellery.  Daily earrings are a standard,  I like a nice bracelet and I might throw on a necklace when the mood takes me. I’ve  also been known to delve into the world of costume jewellery every now and again, which is why I was intrigued to hear about this new contemporary jewellery exhibition at the Royal College of Art.
Rodolfo Ramón Azaro's Tarzan, 1973, Photo: Todd White Art Photography

Rodolfo Ramón Azaro’s Tarzan, 1973, Photo: Todd White Art Photography

I AM HERE showcases over 90 pieces of studio jewellery from the last 50 years, produced by European makers who weren’t just in it to make fun, stylish accessories (although the pieces on show are cute). In some cases, they wanted to highlight contemporary social and political issues through their designs. Pieces from the 70s were a bit more radical (and eschewed precious materials) and this established a new standard in what jewellery could be.
The free show features creative collections from  Crafts Council, mima, Galerie Marzee, Gallery S OPangolin London and other renowned designers, so if you appreciate quality and unique body candy, get yourself to the Upper Gulbenkian gallery at the Royal College of Art before it wraps up on 25th November.
But if you can’t make it, check out some of the fab pieces on show below – and for more info visit: www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/i-am-here.
A 1975 Bracelet by Brian Glassar, Photo: Todd White Art Photography

A 1975 Bracelet by Brian Glassar, Photo: Todd White Art Photography

Nora Fok, Bubblebath, 2001, Nylon thread. Crafts Council Collection, Photo: Heini Schneebeli

Nora Fok, Bubblebath, 2001, Nylon thread. Crafts Council Collection, Photo: Heini Schneebeli

Kepa Karmona, The Present, 2009, Photo mima

Kepa Karmona, The Present, 2009, Photo mima

Dorothea Prühl, Motten (Moths), 2012, Photo: Galerie Marzee

Dorothea Prühl, Motten (Moths), 2012, Photo: Galerie Marzee

Geoffrey Clarke, Pendant VII. Photo; Chadwick Oblong B Ring, 1970. photo; courtesy of Pangolin London and the artist’s estate

Geoffrey Clarke, Pendant VII. Photo; Chadwick Oblong B Ring, 1970. photo; courtesy of Pangolin London and the artist’s estate

Lynn Chadwick, Oblong B Ring, 1970. photo; courtesy of Pangolin Londonand the artist's estate

Lynn Chadwick, Oblong B Ring, 1970. photo; courtesy of Pangolin Londonand the artist’s estate

Tatty Devine Still Life Necklace 2015

Tatty Devine Still Life Necklace 2015

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