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56 Years Ago Today

56 Years Ago Today

56 years ago today, two days before his sixteenth birthday, Grant Macdonald travelled into the City of London to register his own sponsor mark, GGM, at the London Assay Office. The mark has been stamped, or more recently lasered, onto all his creations in silver and gold ever since so that in years to come anyone looking at the piece of work will know that it was made by Grant Macdonald.  The other marks that form the hallmark denote the material, the fineness, the leopard’s head identifies that it has been made in London and the letter shows the year.

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BBC NEWS: The man who gambled his firm on a £50,000 sword

BBC NEWS: The man who gambled his firm on a £50,000 sword

 

Orignally published on the BBC here.

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to London-based silversmith Grant Macdonald.

When Grant Macdonald walked out of the Middle Eastern royal palace he says his shoes "hardly touched the carpet".

He had just secured a giant order that would transform his business. And almost 40 years later, the memory still gives him goosebumps.

"It was an amazing feeling... just telling you this now gives me the greatest feeling of achievement,...


50 Years of Grant Macdonald London The 1970’s Silver Retail Boom Part 2

50 Years of Grant Macdonald London The 1970’s Silver Retail Boom Part 2

If you remember the 1970s, only just remember those years or missed them entirely, you probably have a sense of what they were like. It was the decade that gave us Disco dancing, where even sensible City bankers and politicians let their hair grow a bit longer and wore their moustaches and sideburns with pride. It was also a decade of energy crises, industrial action and genuine economic problems. A mixed bag, perhaps, compared to the peace and love of the 1960s, and high powered, high tech 1980s.

 

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50 Years of Grant Macdonald London The 1970’s Silver Retail Boom Part 1

50 Years of Grant Macdonald London The 1970’s Silver Retail Boom Part 1

The 1970s are often remembered as years characterised by economic problems like the oil crisis of 1973, or high rates of inflation combined with slow economic growth leading to the infamous 3-day week, electricity brown-outs and rubbish piling up in the streets. However, a glance at Grant Macdonald London’s order books from those years – back when we were known under the name Silverform – tells a very different story.

In this 2-part retrospective into the years of...


50 Years of Grant Macdonald London: Five Decades of Pioneering New Technologies

50 Years of Grant Macdonald London: Five Decades of Pioneering New Technologies

Grant Macdonald London has always been known as a workshop that keeps the traditional – in some cases ancient – crafts of the master silversmith, goldsmith and journeyman crafts alive. However, we have also always blended high tech innovation into our work as well. 

Our interest in technology began when we developed a signature style called ‘Electro-texturing’ in the late 1960s and early 70s. Using the electroforming technique and introducing small alien particles onto the surface of the silver created small bobbles as a...