Dan Dower selects for Dazzle Invites 21/22

Our next Guest Selects is Dan Dower, an old friend of Dazzle and one half of the creative force behind British jewellery brand Dower & Hall
Dan first exhibited at Dazzle in 1987, fresh out of University and has gone on to be an exceptional craftsman with over 30 years experience in the trade. Dan has evolved a personal sculpted style of jewellery which, together with wife and business partner Diane has become Dower & Hall. With a natural eye for detail, Dan has created many original collections that have gone on to be featured in both national and international press, high profile fashion shows, film and television. 

We asked Dan Dower to cast his expert eye on the Dazzle Invites collection and pick his top four pieces.

Rhona McCallum Fault Lines Necklace - Dazzle Invites

Fault Lines Necklace by Rhona McCallum

I love the disparate angular links that interconnect to create a beautifully tactile and wearable jewel with fascinating textures. The gold details contrast with the subtle shades of grey of the oxidised silver. I’ve enjoyed seeing Rhona’s work evolve over the years and this piece typifies her attention to detail and must have taken all her skills and patience to achieve the resulting treasure.

Fault Line Necklace – £2,800

Large Garden Earrings by Jane Adam

I was struck by the fluidity and wearability of the earrings – scale achieved without too much weight or price. Jane is another designer that I have loved see evolve and this is a nice departure from the colours of the aluminium pieces, but the subtle texture and shaping is typical of her work. The technique of layering gold achieves a wonderful precious effect again without the price of solid gold.

Garden Earrings – £620

Jane Adam Large Garden Earrings - Dazzle Invites

Emily Kidson Ultra Blue and Gold Bulb Earrings - Dazzle Invites

Ultra Blue & Gold Bulb Earrings by Emily Kidson

I love the saturation of colour with these Formica earrings evocative of lapis. Such a simple elegant shape showing the technique off so beautifully.

Ultra Blue & Gold Bulb Earrings – £630

Skyline Earrings by Lucy Martin

Such a playful colour combination with an irreverent collection of shapes, cuts and sizes of stones. Dramatic and eye catching but still very precious – quite a conversation piece!

Skyline Earrings – £900

Lucy Martin Skyline Earrings - Dazzle Invites

Dazzle 1988

You can see Dan Dower talk about Dazzle and his work in an old TV clip from This Morning in 1988.

Dazzle invites 30 contemporary jewellers, showing unique, one-off or limited edition designs, created specially for the exhibition. All pieces are available to purchase from 16 November 2021 – 9 January 2022.

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