An excellent book cataloguing an exhibition of contemporary silver work held by the Worshipful Goldsmith's Company, which appears to be a major patron of works of precious metal. It should be noted that this is all silverware, not jewellry. All the artists are resident in Britain, though many are natives of other countries.
The photography is top notch, revealling the play of light, shadow and reflection on the surfaces of the objects, an aspect of their beauty that cannot be understated. The objects themselves are also top notch. The average standard seems extremely high and I was delighted by most of it. Very few pieces did I actively dislike. This was something of a revelation in that previously, most of the silverware I'd come across I found to be either boring or gaudy.
The range of applicable techniques is enormous and still growing, with some of the artists represented applying modern technology, not just to the design process but to the creation of the finished article. Others rely solely on hand crafting and traditional techniques. The versatility of silver as a material proved remarkable to me and I was delighted by what can be acheived in terms of fluidity, texture and finish.