Elizabeth Gage is quite simply one of the most influential and creative jewellery designers working today. A highly acclaimed artist who uses jewels and gold instead of paint and canvas, Elizabeth Gage received an MBE in 2017 for her unwavering commitment to jewellery and is internationally renowned for both her unrivalled craftsmanship and her instantly distinctive interpretations of historical and cultural styles.
Elizabeth Gage only became a jewellery designer by chance when a friend asked her to find a ring she wanted as a gift. Unable to locate any designs she liked, she enrolled at the Sir John Cass College of Arts and Science, now the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, to learn how to make the ring herself. She went on to design a small collection for Cartier in New York and in 1972 her Agincourt ring won the De Beers Diamonds International Award, the ‘Oscars’ of jewellery design, and was called an ‘engineering masterpiece’.
For Elizabeth Gage, jewellery is the ultimate expression of its wearer’s individuality, with each piece an enchanting talisman to be worn like a second skin
Today Elizabeth Gage’s creations in 18k and 22k gold are heralded for their pioneering excellence and timeless creativity, bringing the past into the present and making it wearable. She has revived the ancient technique of granulation, in which tiny granules are attached to a gold base, though in her Molton Gold Plaque necklace she uses the technique in a completely new way, mixing gold beads with wire work. Equally, she has brought back to life the art of repoussé, where metal is hammered into relief from the reverse side, while other highly skilled techniques include linen finish, engraving, hammered finish and lost wax process.
Elizabeth Gage’s creativity continues to achieve new heights and this year her collections are joined by distinctive and bold new designs such as the Peacock Collection, where the intricate patterning of the enameller allows for a mix of several different colours. The new Roller Seal rings, using the impressions of ancient seals from 3,500 BC and 350AD, are testament to Elizabeth Gage’s love of Ancient Greece, while her statement necklaces are joined by a magnificent Tree of Life design, hand-waxed to mimic ancient pre-formation oak leaves, eight of which are pavé set with diamonds.
Elizabeth Gage received an MBE in 2017 for her unwavering commitment to jewellery
Another unique design for this year is the glorious Sainte-Chapelle ring, inspired by the exquisite vaulted ceiling in the 13th-century royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris. As you would expect, Elizabeth Gage is not a designer who chooses stones for their value alone, but rather for their beauty, complementing them with objects which appeal because of their shape and colour, from Baroque pearls to Sumerian amulets and 19th-century intaglios, or engraved gems. For Elizabeth Gage, who designs for both men and women, jewellery is the ultimate expression of its wearer’s individuality, with each piece an enchanting talisman to be worn like a second skin, during the day and on into night. Her jewels are an unorthodox expression of her unique creativity, meaning that today’s Elizabeth Gage designs are sure to be tomorrow’s heirlooms.
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