Last October marked the start of my four-year apprenticeship in Diamond Mounting with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, with my lovely dad as my Master.
Since formally beginning my apprenticeship, I have begun to build and develop my hand skills in mounting. With the guidance and advice of my master and other talented trades people who surround us, I have already noticed a difference in my confidence to try making new things.
Below is a small selection of items I have made over the year, all of which utilised a new skill or approach to manufacturing that I hadn't explored.
Single Stone Court Ring and with Flush Set Diamonds
Sapphire, Amethyst and Topaz Drop Pendant
It wasn't just me who loved the look of this pendant in our hut, as it walked out after being on display for a week. Since their purchase, this wonderful pair have been back and asked me to make a18ct White Gold Single Stone Ring for them, which was another first for me! See this on a blog post in the next few weeks.
My next mission it to make another but with a different colour combination – I’m thinking Diamond, Citrine and Peridot.
When making this I mostly struggled with piercing out the light window in the side of the bezels, this was the first light window I had ever pierced out and I was unsure on how to tackle it. Hopefully after making a few more of these I'll be able to do this with ease.
Other items on my bench over the past few months...
Each piece enabled me to experience something different; wax carving, chasing basic shapes to create the depth of form, different types of stone setting and be able to experiment with different mounts.
Megan, the middle daughter of Stephen Randall, who has joined him in the workshop to follow a career in Jewellery Making and Silversmithing