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Go, Go, Goldsmiths!

This week the first ever virtual Goldsmiths’ Fair will begin, and this itself is a huge milestone in the long and illustrious history of not only the Goldsmiths’ Fair but of the Goldsmiths’ Company.  It seems like a good time, then, to look at the...

Under the influence

When Polly was a student training at John Cass in London the style of her work was greatlly influenced by various jewellers, the most prominet of whom was Dorrie Nossiter probably because, as a young Magpie, Polly used to play with Mum’s jewellery in which there...

Toe rings anyone?

Apropos of absolutly nothing I suddenly decided I needed toe rings, so I carved a pair in wax, got them cast in silver (just to test – gold will follow depending on their success…) and then had them beautifully finished with soft edges. I slipped (forced,...

As good as gold

In 2012, the year of the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the year the Olympics were held in London, Polly was commissioned by the World Gold Council to make a wreath.  This was a dream come true because she’d always wanted to make one, but as they’re not...

Ah, Men!

I was prompted to look into the phenomenon of men and jewellery because in a book I’m reading that’s set in ancient Rome, four rings were taken from the hand of a dead senator and dropped in the Tiber (getting rid of identifying objects, of course…). All through the...

Round and round again

While I was sorting through my recycling the other day it occurred to me that the most recyclable thing in your household is probably your jewellery.  Nobody (that I know of) deliberately throws their old jewellery in the bin. Admittedly, unlike a plastic bag or the...

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