British Jeweller, Elizabeth Gage, to Receive an MBE
We are delighted to announce Elizabeth Gage’s named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List to receive an MBE.
Characterised by exquisite artistry, a bold use of colour, quality and traditional handmade techniques in 18 carat gold, Elizabeth’s designs are admired and collected all over the world. In her fifth decade in the jewellery industry, Elizabeth says, “I am honoured and extremely proud to receive such an award for my work. I feel so privileged to have been able to make my career doing what I love. This is a very special moment in my life and one that I will always cherish”.
Elizabeth, a Master Goldsmith, began her love affair with jewellery when she first set eyes on Roman rings at The British Museum, She was so inspired by the rings, Elizabeth decided she wanted to create jewellery of her own. As soon as she learnt the rudiments of diamond mounting her mother presented her with an ounce of gold which she crafted into a pin. This special gift marked the beginning of Elizabeth’s remarkable and distinguished career. In 1969, Elizabeth received her first commission from Cartier (New York) and then went onto receive the De Beers Award in 1972. Elizabeth has also been awarded the Queen’s Award for Exports and an industry’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2009. In 2013, the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design, included two pieces of Elizabeth’s work as part of its permanent jewellery exhibition. Most recently, Elizabeth staged a retrospective exhibition of her work, entitled, ‘The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage’, at the New Britain Museum of America in Connecticut.
Elizabeth, who inherited her love of art and beauty from her American Grandmother was always creating something new or mending something old. From small beginnings at her Beauchamp Place studio in 1979, Elizabeth quickly built an international reputation of prestigious and artful fine jewellery, all hand crafted in 18 carat gold. Soon after, in 1984 she opened her West End showroom in Albemarle Street and in 2013, Elizabeth brought her design studio, offices and salon under one roof in a prestigious townhouse at 5 West Halkin Street, Belgravia, London.
Elizabeth’s unwavering enthusiasm for creating beautiful jewellery continues and her vivid imagination, inspired by different cultures and histories, the natural world and the animal kingdom, is fuelled by her love of experiencing and learning something new. However, the starting point for Elizabeth, is always the stone or centre piece. Whether it is a precious stone, fossil or historical treasure, Elizabeth allows it to dictate the design. “It is a wonderfully fluid and natural process and I instinctively know what works to complete a jewel”, says Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Gage creates unique collections and offers a bespoke service.