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Zoë Stevens: A day at the silversmith’s bench at Grant Macdonald London

Zoë Stevens: A day at the silversmith’s bench at Grant Macdonald London

Meet silversmith Zoë Stevens – as she takes us on a tour of the workshop and a day at the workbench – as she crafts a beautiful herd of Arabian Oryx for a customer in the Middle East.

Like a few other members of the Grant Macdonald London team, Zoë graduated in 2007 from UCA Rochester (formerly the famous design college KIAD) in Kent with a jewellery, silver and goldsmithing degree. She soon found a job at Elliot-Fitzpatrick, who like us are Royal Warrant holders, three years ago she joined the Grant Macdonald London team.

”When the opportunity came up...


Caddy Spoons.

Caddy Spoons.

You might be surprised to know that one of our most collectable pieces of silverware is neither jewellery, objet d’art or cutlery, but an item that sits somewhere in-between all three. Strange as that might sound, our Caddy Spoons are remarkable things, commissioned by leading silver jewellery, objet d’art and antique dealer, Styles Silver of Hungerford.

George Styles, proprietor and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, explains the caddy spoon phenomenon…

“Caddy spoons have always been a traditional collector’s market,...


Tusk: Year of the Lion

Tusk: Year of the Lion

Meet Ruaha, designed and crafted for Tusk, who along with his little brother Luangwa, is helping this innovative conservation charity make 2019 the Year of the Lion. This year, Tusk has initiated multiple programmes to raise awareness, combat poaching and reduce the habitat loss that is driving the lion, the iconic King of Beasts, towards extinction.

Lions have been celebrated and revered throughout history for their courage and strength. Once roaming most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe, now only...


Meet James Aveling, Grant Macdonald Apprentice

Meet James Aveling, Grant Macdonald Apprentice

It’s National Apprenticeships Week 2019, and so we’d like to take a closer look at the role of a modern-day silversmith’s apprentice and introduce our very own James Aveling, who is coming to the end of his apprenticeship… and  soon  hopes to become a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company upon completion of his Masterpiece.

“My great uncle is  a famous silversmith, Norman Bassant, and  my uncle John Bassant is also a silversmith.  So, making is something I’ve always wanted to do, and an apprenticeship is a great  way  to learn and get hands-on experience working in a real...


Silversmithing 101: Casting

Silversmithing 101: Casting

Over the millenia people have worked precious metals, they have evolved many different techniques for producing different finishes, structures and effects, however one of the oldest and still most important is casting. Although some aspects of the process have been streamlined with technology to improve speed and quality control, the basic process remains the same now as it did in the earliest metal casting processes, reckoned to date back around five or six thousand years BCE.

In this post, our master caster Andy Barnes takes us on a whirlwind tour of this ancient, and complex process…