Alternative Wedding Show 2011
6th Feb - 2nd May

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The Wedding Magazine His&Hers Spring & Summer 2011
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The Wedding Magazine

Spring & Summer 2011

With this Ring....

Jewellery curator Kath Libbert talks about making one of the most important decisions of your life...

"Choosing your wedding ring is about as much of a big decision as choosing your partner!" Says Kath Libbert, curator and director of Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery. "You're stuck with it for the rest of your life!"

When clients come to Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, a mecca for contemporary jewellery located in the beautiful Victorian structure of Salts Mill in Saltaire, they are encouraged to try on as much of the stunning bespoke jewellery as they possibly can.
Says Kath Libbert, "It's important for me to work alongside a couple at this most significant time to help them find something they'll adore for the rest of their lives."

'It's really helpful to try lots of different styles and metals, to be exploratory, and playful. Rings look so different on the hand than in a show cabinet. I like people to be aware of all the different options so that they can make truly informed choices."

And there are certainly vast numbers of options within the collection of jewellery to be found at Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery. This leading jewellery gallery has specialised solely in contemporary jewellery, silver and metal smithing since 1996 and showcases diverse collections by over seventy renowned designers and emerging talents from Britain and abroad.

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is as well known internationally for its boundary-pushing art jewellery exhibitions, as it is for its popular Annual Alternative Wedding Show, now in its 10th year. Quoted recently in The Times Luxx Magazine, Libbert says "Our clients are interested in jewels that push the boundaries. We think of ourselves as the antidote to the high street."

This year's Alternative Wedding Show brings together work by cutting edge designers including jeweller to the stars Malcolm Morris, who has made exquisite
pieces for the Duchess of Gloucester, Joan Collins and Dawn French. Morris also created the tiaras worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love and by Amy Adams in The Wedding Date, In 2002 he was commissioned to create a contemporary tiara to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Also on display is a collection by David McCaul, definitely one to watch in the world of precious contemporary jewellery for his sensually curved bejewelled rings, and Natalie Jane Harris whose personalised bespoke special occasion rings have become very collectable. There is also jewellery by Josef Koppmann - sculptural pieces which regularly feature in the pages of Vogue, Harpers & Queen, Hello Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Grazia.

A personalised design service is a strong feature of this year's Alternative Wedding Show, and Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is addressing the current trend for working heirloom jewels into contemporary designs by specially featuring jewellers who will work to commission and create bespoke pieces for the gallery's clients.

"There's really something wonderful about reworking a piece of jewellery that just isn't the style someone wants to wear - a kind of'Rock Revival". Says Kath Libbert, 'We bring together the skills and design talent of a select group of very prestigious jewellers who are happy to breathe new life into pieces that have perhaps been languishing, just waiting to be transformed into something fabulous. We offer an opportunity to work with these designers to create beautiful, one off bespoke pieces of jewellery.

Says Libbert, "there's also the added pleasure of knowing that you are wearing your grandmother's diamonds or your aunt's emeralds without compromising your own personal style!"

As well as its strong reputation for exhibiting cutting edge design over the years, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is also renowned for offering a uniquely personal service. "We give our customers all the time that they need to make their momentous decision, and because all the staff have jewellery training, they are well placed to answer any questions a customer might have."

"We really do take jewellery very seriously, but in an enjoyable way, and it is important to us to convey the pleasure and passion we feel about jewellery to our customers."

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm.