Elizabeth Gage is one of the most influential and creative jewellery designers of the last five decades. Using jewels and gold instead of paint and canvas she has become an acclaimed and highly regarded artist.
Gardens, paintings, architecture and animals, Elizabeth takes her inspiration from her surroundings, all of which influence her work and together they 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.
Having trained for six years as a goldsmith her first major commission was for Cartier, New York in 1968. A resounding success, she went on to win many accolades including the prestigious Queens Award for Export, British Jewellery Designer of the Year and the coveted De Beers Diamond Award for her Agincourt ring which was described as an engineering masterpiece. Elizabeth is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
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, in fact anything where the shape and colour inspire her. She uses these as an artist would use their palette, combining them with brightly coloured enamel and detailed goldwork to create individual and highly personal jewels.
Collected and worn by women and men 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.