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Didier Ltd is unique in specialising in jewellery made and designed by painters, sculptors, architects and designers from the late 19th to the end of the 20th century. These artists are all recognised internationally for their art, but their jewellery is less well known or recorded. These jewels are very intimate and personal expressions of their art and may be regarded as wearable sculptures. Indeed for Calder, the wearer became a ‘living work of art”. The jewels were made as gifts for family and friends, especially by sculptors who are generally more adept in working their ideas out on a smaller scale, while for others it was a conscious exercise to create designs in miniature. Painters and print-makers are more likely to need the help of a facilitator to turn their designs into three-dimensional jewels, and the resulting pieces are more usually produced in small limited editions.

This website has two main parts: Jewellery by Artists and Jewellery by Designers. The former contains jewels by painters and sculptors, while the latter is much more wide-reaching to include signed works by studio and artistic jewellers, as well as by architects and designers. For us, the design of any jewel is more important than its intrinsic value. The gallery does not deal in contemporary jewels or re-issues, and with our historic perspective we are uniquely placed to acquire only those pieces that truly reflect the artist's language as welll as the most iconic jewellery designs from the second half of the 20th century. Indeed, the gallery now frequently lends pieces to international exhibitions, details of which may be found under Events, while also taking part in some of the most prestigious art and antiques fairs/shows in the world.

Our next fair is Art Élysées - Art & Design, located in pavilions on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in Paris, next to the Grand Palais where FIAC will be taking place at the same time, from 18th to 22nd October. For this fair the gallery will be concentrating on French artist jewellery, including pieces by Georges Braque, César, Sonia Delaunay, Andre Derain, Claude Lalanne, Jean Lurçat, Georges Mathieu, François Morellet, and Niki de St Phalle.

From December 4th to 9th, we will be taking part in Design Miami on Miami Beach, next to the Convention Centre where Art Miami will take place at the same time. For this fair we will be presenting our next catalogue featuring jewels by Latin and South American artists including Leonor Fini, KCHO, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Alicia Penalba, Hector Poleo, Jesus Raphael Soto, and Luiz Tomascello.

The first two fairs of 2019 will be The Winter Show (the newly rebranded Winter Antiques Show), held as usual in the Drill Hall of the historic Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue at 67th Street in New York from January 18th to 27th, followed by TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in the MEEC, Maastricht, from March 14th to 24th.