© Written by Rachael Taylor for The Financial Times
Ask a jeweller of a certain age about a career-defining moment and they may well tell you about the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery of 1961.
Held at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall, the exhibition of nearly 1,000 jewels from 33 countries showed new designs from international houses such as Harry Winston and Cartier, but it also showcased avant-garde jewellery. There were pieces by artists including Picasso, Salvador Dalí and René Lalique, as well as specially commissioned items by modern artists like Henry Moore.
For many budding designers, uninspired by the jewellery of the postwar era, it was a moment of revelation. And some of the jewellers who were young then are still working today, in their seventies and eighties…
This story was originally published in the September 3, 2016, edition of The Financial Times. Read the full story here.