Elizabeth Gage

Jewels with personalities as expressive as their colour combinations

 

Elizabeth Gage is a doyenne of the British fine jewellery industry. Her creations are celebrated for their use of colour and gemstones and, most of all, for their effortless day-into-night wearability – a style she has championed throughout her career.

Elizabeth’s determination and creative flair brought her swiftly into the industry. Not taken with any of the fine jewellery available to buy, Elizabeth set out to learn how to design and make jewellery herself. She trained as a goldsmith for six years and today her work in twisted, hammered and sculpted gold reveals the intricacies and strength of her long relationship with the precious metal.

An Elizabeth Gage jewel strikes you with its colours. From its enamelwork to gemstones and the bright yellows of the textured gold, the character of each jewel is immediately evident – many of her animal jewels even have their own names and families of jewelled relations. Archaeological treasures, cameos, coins, carved gemstones and pearls of all shapes and sizes are part of Elizabeth’s signature. She channels her love of flora and history into her creations. These are jewels that reflect their wearer’s sense of adventure and curiosity, even their star sign in the case of the famous Zodiac collection.

After more than 50 years of creating, Elizabeth still has a hand in designing every jewel that her team of goldsmiths bring to life. She has been celebrated for her commitment to the British jewellery industry, winning the prestigious De Beers Diamond Award for the clever engineering of her Agincourt ring in 1972, and was awarded an MBE in 2017. The newly created Elizabeth Gage Curator of Jewellery position at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where her jewels are on display, testifies to Elizabeth’s support for an industry and heritage that she loves so much.

Her jewels are true collectors’ items, but they must be worn to let their personalities shine.