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British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

1980s rings and pendant. British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

Generally speaking, British jewelry in the 1970s and 80s followed conservative, traditional trends. Much of the jewelry trade in England was centered on antique and vintage jewelry from the early 20th century. However, London-based designer and virtuoso jeweler Elizabeth Gage achieved worldwide recognition during these decades, and for good reason.
She attracted attention with the creation of very unusual jewelry, which creatively combined the styles of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance. Her unique jewels often combine antique coins, carved gemstones or 18th century glass, intaglios with baroque pearls, diamonds and colored stones. Some of her creations are additionally embellished with translucent enamels on the metal surface. Most of Gage’s ornaments are large and dramatic. Rings are often high domed, set with cabochon-cut stones or sculpted gold, and can be up to an inch wide. Gage epitomizes the trend of “interpretive” jewelry that became popular again in the 1980s. Undoubtedly, Elizabeth Gage inspired and influenced jewelers by giving elements of the past a modern form.

1985 ad. Pendant, earrings and ring in 18kt gold, with red and blue enamel with baroque pearls

1985 ad. Pendant, earrings and ring in 18kt gold, with red and blue enamel with baroque pearls

One of the most influential English jewelers of the late 20th century, Elizabeth Gage began her career as a designer over half a century ago. After studying design at the Chelsea School of Art and Sir John Cass College in 1968, Elizabeth received a commission from Cartier in New York. Four years later, she received the prestigious international De Beers award. Other prizes and awards followed, including the Queen’s Award.

Elizabeth’s pieces often grace celebrities, feature in leading fashion magazines and are part of the permanent collection of jewelry at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

British stamp and Maker's mark

British stamp and Maker’s mark

Logo

Logo

British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

1991 ad

1991 ad

Ancient coin gold earrings. Tsavorite, garnet,enamel

Ancient coin gold earrings. Tsavorite, garnet,enamel

Bull design gold cufflinks

Bull design gold cufflinks

Crowned fish brooch. Gold, rock crystal quartz intaglio, mother-of-pearl, diamond

Crowned fish brooch. Gold, rock crystal quartz intaglio, mother-of-pearl, diamond

Diamond and gold earrings with patterns

Diamond and gold earrings with patterns

Horse riders oval gold and enamel cufflinks

Horse riders oval gold and enamel cufflinks

Hugs and Kisses band ring. 18 K gold and diamond

Hugs and Kisses band ring. 18 K gold and diamond

Intaglio brooch. 18K gold, ancient coin, pearl, tourmaline

Intaglio brooch. 18K gold, ancient coin, pearl, tourmaline

Lion Earrings. 18 K yellow gold, carved peridot, green enamel

Lion Earrings. 18 K yellow gold, carved peridot, green enamel

Oval clip earrings. 18 K gold, pearl, diamond

Oval clip earrings. 18 K gold, pearl, diamond

Owl against the background of the golden moon brooch made of snow-white chalcedony

Owl against the background of the golden moon brooch made of snow-white chalcedony

Prince of Wales's Feathers Diamond Turquoise Gold Brooch

Prince of Wales’s Feathers Diamond Turquoise Gold Brooch

Red intaglio glass gold choker necklace

Red intaglio glass gold choker necklace

Roman Warrior brooch pin. 18k Gold, hematite, enamel

Roman Warrior brooch pin. 18k Gold, hematite, enamel

Rubelite diamond 18 K white gold ring

Rubelite diamond 18 K white gold ring

Multistrand Peridot and Amethyst Bead Torsade Necklace with Gold clasp

Multistrand Peridot and Amethyst Bead Torsade Necklace with Gold clasp

The Head in the Clouds earrings. Gold, diamonds, coral-colored guilloche enamel

The Head in the Clouds earrings. Gold, diamonds, coral-colored guilloche enamel

Tourmaline 18 K gold ring

Tourmaline 18 K gold ring

Triangle shape brooch with ancient coin. Amethyst, 18k gold

Triangle shape brooch with ancient coin. Amethyst, 18k gold

Parrot gold earrings

Parrot gold earrings

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark