Elizabeth Gage

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

5 West Halkin Street SW1X 8JA

Biography:

Using jewels and Gold instead of paint and canvas, Elizabeth is an acclaimed and highly regarded artist. She has become one of the most influential and creative jewellery designers of the last four decades.Elizabeth takes her inspiration from her surrounds. Gardens, paintings, architecture and animals all influence her work and help her formulate design ideas. It has always been her philosophy that good jewellery can be worn 'day into night', and she was the first to coin this phrase.Elizabeth's approach to design is as unique as the jewels themselves. She combines different elements in her work which she chooses for their individual beauty; exquisite stones, ancient bronzes, beautiful carvings, baroque pearls - anything where the shape and colour inspire her. Using these elements as an artist uses his palette, she combines them with brightly coloured enamel and highly detailed Gold work to create individual and highly personal jewels.Collected and worn by influential and stylish women throughout the world, her jewellery is admired for its imaginative use of colour and gemstones. Her close attention to detail together with her highly skilled goldsmiths, bring to life Elizabeth's extraordinary designs. Elizabeth Gage is not governed by tradition, her jewels are an unorthodox expression of her unique creativity.CommissionsElizabeth’s favourite job is to make her clients' dreams a reality. She welcomes every opportunity to create wonderful and unique jewels for both special occasions and special people. One of her most challenging to date has been to create two magnificent 18ct gold crowns to be worn by a bride and groom at a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding. The aim was to evoke all the golden splendour of Byzantium. Elizabeth commented on completion “every woman should be crowned by the one she loves”.However, please note commissions may take many months to complete but are always worth the wait.

Specialist Techniques:

As a trained Goldsmith, Elizabeth is especially well known for her Gold work and the exquisite detail she brings to each of her pieces. She has her own individual way of using wirework with granulation. This highly decorative process is one of her signature techniques and was developed over several years of experimentation.The texture of Gold has always been important to Elizabeth and under her direction many hours are spent hammering, quenching, engraving, carving and polishing to achieve the perfect final result.

Awards:

In her 40th year of jewellery design, Elizabeth Gage, the renown and celebrated jewellery designer, was awarded with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by leading Jewellery magazine, Retail Jeweller, at a gala ceremony on Thursday 17th July 2008 at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. A delighted Elizabeth said, “I am thrilled to be honoured in this way by my peer group and the UK jewellery industry. I couldn’t have achieved this without the wonderful and creative talent in this country – amongst the best in the world. I am passionate about my work and searching out the most beautiful stones to use in my designs. Many of the pieces are unique and I remember them all with fondness. There is still much I want to achieve and I am constantly researching new techniques that I can bring to my studio. I am so privileged to have such a loyal and skilled team who make all of this possible. The best is still to come.” The Lifetime Achievement Award is not something that Retail Jeweller plan to present every year. It will only be awarded when someone is recognised as having made a major contribution to the UK’s jewellery industry. Sarah Carpin, Editor of Retail Jeweller, said, “Elizabeth is one of the most respected and influential designers of her generation. Her work encompasses four decades and I was privileged to attend her recent retrospective exhibition that included a wonderful representation of her remarkable work, all of which had been borrowed from her clients around the world. I am delighted to present this award to a deserving Elizabeth.” A high proportion of Elizabeth Gage pieces are sold worldwide, predominantly to the USA. As a consequence in 1989 she received the prestigious Queen's Award for Export Achievement, an award she is justly proud of. Even today she maintains a high percentage of export sales.The award itself was presented to Elizabeth by the Lord Lieutenant of London at a private party, held by Elizabeth at Claridges in London, which included a retrospective of her work. Following the presentation, Elizabeth attended a party at Buckingham Palace. After being presented to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh they had the chance to meet other winners and talk to the Royal couple. In 1972 Elizabeth was given one of these highly acclaimed awards for her innovative flexible ‘Agincourt’ ring, which was hailed an engineering masterpiece. It was unusual for a woman, at that time win such a prestigious award – in a male dominated industry. And it was an important step in establishing Elizabeth Gage as one of a new group of designers who challenged traditional jewellery designs with her bold and creative designs.

Education:

1956-59: Chelsea School of Art, London 1963-68: Gold work, Enamelling and Diamond mounting, Sir John Cass College, London 1967-68: Studied in Crete, learning the primitive technique of the Cretan goldsmiths

Public Collections:

In 2002 Elizabeth was commissioned to design and produce a tiara, for the tiara exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March-July. In 1990 Elizabeth was commissioned to design a presentation piece for the Guerlain “Jasmin Award”. In 1973 Yale University, USA, aked her to do a presentation piece for Mr John Whitney. In 1968 Elizabeth designed a collection for Cartier - New York, USA.

Exhibitions:

From April until July 2015 Elizabeth celebrated her Jubilee Anniversary with the exhibition 'The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage' at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, United States of America.

Publications:

Elizabeth Gage has been the subject of numerous national and international newspaper and magazine articles. These have appeared in such media as The Times (UK), The Financial Times (UK), The Evening Standard (UK) The Daily Telegraph (UK), The International Herald Tribune. Major magazines include Vogue (UK), Harpers Bazaar (UK), L'Officiel, House & Garden (UK), Country Life (UK) Architectural Digest (USA), Veranda (USA), Town & Country (USA) and many others.Elizabeth's work is also featured in the following books: Fashion Through the Ages & Changing Face of Fashion by Ernestine Carter, 1977, Executive Woman, Volume 2 Issue 4, 1989 and Jewellery & Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition by Elyse Zorn Karlin 1989.The Unconventional Gage. A fabulous book about Elizabeth’s creativity and inspirations is now available.Visually exciting and written in her own words, this unique book tells the story of Elizabeth’s creativity, what inspires her, what influences her and how her designs have evolved and developed since her early beginnings. It is lavishly illustrated with an exciting mix of photographs and drawings which record Elizabeth’s work alike, this exquisite 200 page, traditionally bound book is accompanied by it’s own presentation case and is available from her London showroom.£85 plus postage & packaging. Please click here to read more about The Unconventional Gage.


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    Black Tourmaline Necklace

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    Amethyst and pearl Necklace

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    Capricorn Zodiac Earrings

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    Bunches of Grapes Bracelet

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    The Severan Family Bracelet

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    Chalcedony African Queen Earrings

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    Moonstone Drop Earrings

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    Tsavorite Agincourt Ring

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    Oak Leaf Templar Band

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    Pink Tourmaline Charlemagne

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    The Kiss Ring

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    Molten Gold Ring

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    Tapered Templar Ring

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    Tourmaline Ring

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