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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 The Winter Show, located in the Park Avenue Armory, New York, between E. 67th and E. 68th St, from Friday 24th January to Sunday 2nd February. Among our highlights will be a dozen rare jewels and watches by Salvador Dalí, black painted wood and crushed tin can necklaces by Louise Nevelson from our catalogue, Paint it Black The Jewels of Louise Nevelson, and a selection of pieces from our latest catalogue, The Jeweller's Guide to the Galaxy. 42 Years of Atomic and Space Age Jewellery

Hours are a bit confusing so check before coming: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12.00 - 20.00; Tuesday and Thursday: 12.00 - 16.30, Saturdays: 12,00 - 19.00 and Sundays 12.00 - 18.00. On Thursday 23rd January there is an Opening Night Party to benefit the Eastside House Settlement from 17.00 - 21.00 and on the following Thursday, 30th January, it is Young Collectors Night from 18.00 - 21.00. Tickets are available to purchase from The Winter Show website

We shall also be exhibiting at TEFAF, Maastricht, in the Design Section, from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th March, 2020, with two preview days on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March, which are by invitation only.

In May we are also lending fifteen jewels by Pablo Picasso to the exhibition, Picasso and the Artist's Jewellery, to be held in the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, from 7th May to 13th September, which will be the first exhibition dedicated to the subject and which will include many unique pieces that the great artist created for the important women in his life.