2016 News

Christmas Sparkle at Elements

From a subtle Christmas sparkle to a glittering statement piece, Elements Festival has everything you need to decorate yourself (and your home) this festive season. Here are a selection from just 5 of our 48 makers exhibiting at Elements 2.   Dichroma Earrings by Beth Gilmour Beth Gilmour’s use of colour change in her jewellery […]

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Meet our Sponsors – Bellfield Brewery

Bellfield Brewery is a new, family-run brewery with a mission: to brew certified gluten-free beer that tastes great. Bellfield’s founders are Coeliac so they are passionate about what they do. Their beers are brewed with love, produced by people, not machines, here in Edinburgh. They are the UK’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery, producing beer in […]

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Elements Silver – Gift Guide

Welcome to Part 2 of our Elements Festival Gift Guide – silver. Discover something for everyone with beautiful, decadent and useful pieces from the talented silversmiths exhibiting at Elements Festival.   For the…whisky lover Hamish Dobbie Whisky Tumbler & Water Jug What better way is there to enjoy a whisky than in these contemporary tumblers […]

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The Scottish Landscape inspires Elements Festival Makers

In 2016, Elements Festival featured over 45 jewellery makers from all over the UK. A number of the exhibitors were from Scotland and many of them found inspiration directly in the Scottish landscape that surrounds them.   Hamish Dobbie Hamish Dobbie graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and has been making a name for […]

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Elements Jewellery – Gift Guide Part 1

With so many talented jewellers and silversmiths exhibiting at Elements Jewellery, the festival offers an abundance of beautiful pieces that make perfect gifts. Take a look at our two part gift guide for a preview of work from the talented makers and begin your gift list today. Part 1 – Elements Jewellery For the…centre of attention […]

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10 Beautiful Vessels from the Elements Festival Makers

We were delighted to have some of the UK’s most talented silversmiths joining us in 2016 at Elements Festival. Each silversmith exhibiting at Elements had their own style and used different techniques, from the ancient to the cutting edge. Here’s just a taster of some the items made by some of the Elements silversmiths. Ryan […]

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Elements Festival Silverscape

During the second edition of Elements in 2016, our Silverscape exhibition featured the work of five exceptional UK silversmiths. The Silverscape, with its striking presentation of these significant pieces of contemporary silver, provides a visual focus at the centre of Elements . All Silverscape pieces are available for sale. The five makers who exhibited at  […]

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Five Extraordinary Commissions by the Elements Festival Makers

Many of our Elements Festival makers work to commission, producing beautifully crafted items for specific purposes or events, each tailored to the buyer’s requirements. In this post we take a look at 5 of their extraordinary creations.   Rebecca Joselyn – Packaging for the World’s Most Expensive Coffee Rebecca was commissioned by Terra Nerra to […]

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Gold and Silver Wedding Ring Workshops

With the DIY wedding trend continuing to soar in popularity, as brides look to add the personal touch to their big day, the trend has now moved to an area that was up until recently left to the professionals; gold and silver weddings rings. Edinburgh based jeweller, Donna Barry, runs a Wedding Ring Workshop in […]

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Whisky and Silversmithing – A Perfect Pairing

A recurring theme within silversmithing in Scotland is the making of beautiful vessels for whisky. Makers have been producing stunning tumblers, water jugs and quaichs for centuries and the tradition continues to this day. The Incorporation of Goldsmiths supports the craft of silversmithing in Scotland and works with many talented makers who are producing some […]

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Doors Open Day at Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016, Lyon & Turnbull hosted Doors Open Day in Edinburgh. Doors Open Days allow the community free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across the city. The event in Edinburgh at Lyon and Turnbull offers visitors an opportunity to discover this historic building, ahead of their fine furniture sale, and […]

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A Day in the Life of a Silversmith with Charlotte Tollyfield

We asked Elements maker Charlotte Tollyfield about working as a silversmith – Charlotte tells us more about being your own boss and trusting your instincts. What drew you to silversmithing? I chose metalwork and jewellery as one of my ‘taster’ options whilst studying on my Foundation Course and instantly fell in love. Although I’d just […]

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Mouthpiece of the Gods – The Carnyx

With the bronze head of the boar, a wobbling wooden tongue and standing at four metres high when played, the carnyx is not your typical instrument. The carnyx is a Celtic war horn, which was played across Europe from 300BC to 200 AD. Although the carnyx is depicted on a number of metal and stone […]

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10 Quirky Gold and Silver Cufflinks from the Elements Festival Makers

If you’re looking for something different to add a personalised touch to an outfit these fantastic gold and silver cufflinks from the makers at Elements showcase their diverse skills and styles perfectly. Graeme McColm These rough cut cufflinks by Graeme McColm are a perfect blend of elegant and edgy.       Mark Nuell – […]

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A day in the life of a jeweller with Yvonne Gilhooly

To find out more about life as a jeweller, we interviewed Elements maker Yvonne Gilhooly. Yvonne tells us the best things about being a jeweller and gives us an insight into her making process… • What does a typical day as a jeweller look like? My job is a joy as no two days are […]

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10 Stunning Statement Necklaces from the Elements Festival Makers

This week we’re bringing you a selection of fantastic statement necklaces from the makers at Elements. Whether you’re looking for a knockout piece for a black tie event or something to brighten up your day to day outfit, the Elements makers have it covered.   Heather Woof – Slinky Necklace This gorgeous, tactile necklace by […]

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Silver Speaks at Elements Festival in Edinburgh

‘Silver Speaks’ is a year-long programme of exhibitions, events and conversations taking place across the UK. Silver Speaks is designed to show how silver can enhance contemporary living, architecture and fashion. It is run by Contemporary British Silversmiths, who represent the UK silversmiths nationally and internationally, with the aim of raising the profile of the craft […]

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Out of the Ordinary – 10 Beautiful Engagement Rings by Elements Festival Makers

If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s out of the ordinary, our talented Elements makers might have just what you’re looking for…   Alison MacLeod – Catkin Ring with Sapphires This unusual Catkin ring is inspired by ancient treasures from Alison’s museum visits. It is available in gold, platinum or palladium and is slightly […]

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Elements Festival at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

We were delighted that for the first time this year, Elements Festival took part in the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival at the National Museum of Scotland on the 23rd and 24th July 2016. Seven talented makers who took part in Elements Festival displayed jewellery at the event – Jenny Deans, Yvonne Gilhooly, Gilly Langton, Letters […]

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Windswept Brooch | Katherine MacKay selects her Elements Festival 1 prize

Katherine MacKay was 2015’s lucky winner of our Elements competition, in which she won £100 to spend on an item of her choice. This year we interviewed her about her choice and also discovered more about her fascinating work as a textile artist. What made you choose the ‘Windswept Brooch’ by Heather Woof? There were […]

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Jewellery Perspectives | Dorothy Hogg on curating

Dorothy Hogg was the Head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1985 until 2007 and in 2001 she was awarded an MBE for her services to silversmithing and jewellery. Dorothy is first and foremost a maker and an educator and has also curated a number of exhibitions.  Element’s team member Gen […]

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Elements 2 | 2016 Makers Announced

The 2016s Elements Festival saw 48 stands offering a dazzling collection of jewellery and silverware. We were thrilled to welcome back many makers from last year and to be exhibiting a number of new makers in 2016. 2016’s show again attracted talent from far and wide, with makers hailing from all over Scotland and the […]

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The Hallmark Standard

Hallmarking is the oldest form of consumer protection and dates back to the 12th Century. A hallmark ensures that the buyer has a guarantee of the precious metal content of an item they are buying. It can also be seen as a historical ‘code’, a story stamped on your piece of jewellery. Each hallmark consists […]

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Family Fun at Elements Edinburgh Festival

Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold in Edinburgh caters for all ages with activities to suit the whole family. A craft workshop will be open every day where the little ones can have a go at creating their own masterpieces. The Elements Festival workshop is always jam-packed with paper crowns, masks, wands and hats that […]

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A Glittering Commission – Sarah’s Diamond Studded Teapot

Elements Edinburgh 1 provided the perfect backdrop to exhibit the Incorporation of Goldsmith’s fascinating collection, Silver of the Stars. The collection is made up of ten unique pieces of silverware, each designed for and inspired by a Scottish celebrity and created by a Scottish silversmith. The celebrities included Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Ian Rankin and […]

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Winner of the 2016 Outstanding Scottish Student Award Announced

The Outstanding Scottish Student Jewellery Award is an annual award open to students from Scottish colleges that offer Jewellery and Silversmithing courses. The students submit silver goblet designs and the winner is then paired with an established silversmith who they work with to create the goblet. The winner of the Jewellery award for 2015/16 was […]

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