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The Technical Journal is our online magazine showcasing the latest news and views of the Goldsmiths’ Company as well as masterclasses sharing our knowledge and expertise.

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Industry Updates

Fabulous work sweeps the board – in the 2017 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards

2016/17 was a top-class year to be inspired by, enthuse over and celebrate some of the talented designers and makers engaged in the profession up and down the country.

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Conference Report: The 29th Santa Fe Symposium on Jewellery Manufacturing Technology

The 29th annual Santa Fe Symposium was held in Albuquerque, N.M., USA, on 17 – 20 May 2015. Find out about the presentations which covered everything from design, talent management and innovation to silver tarnishing here…

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Tools & Equipment

Advanced micro-setting short course (c) Julia Skupny The Goldsmiths Centre 2015

The Micro-Pave Setting Technique; Examining new methods

For centuries, jewellery manufacture has evolved in response to technological developments and fashion trends. One such major development occurred in the 1970s. You can learn more about the micro-pave setting technique here…

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About the Technical Journal

The purpose of this publication is to address technical issues relevant to the UK Craft and Industry and increase technical knowledge and understanding among those working within the industry. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN.

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Industry Profiles

PROFILE: The National Association of Jewellers

Following significant industry changes and the recent formation of the NAJ Patrick Fuller, the first president of the National Association of Jewellers talks to Chris Corti about their new direction. Read more here…

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The 2016 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards exhibit strength & depth across the Competition

The 2016 GCDC competition attracted a wonderful array of craft and design entries that embraced many of the skills used within the UK jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades. For more information on the winners and to find out what the judges really thought click here…

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Assay Office Update from 2015

Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden and Director of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office talks about what has happened in the Assay Office London during 2015. To find out more read on…

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Metallurgy & Materials

Your introduction to modelling, moulding and making master patterns

Today, the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades are a mixture of traditional hand skills, large and small scale manufacturing techniques and varying levels of technology. In this article you can learn some of the basics of modelling, master patterns and moulds, an understanding of which could help many makers cut costs and ensure that their work is produced to the standards required, find out more here…

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Technical Surgery FAQs

Q: What materials are available to model with and how do their properties differ?

Find out more about modelling with waxes and clays here…

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Young Talent Shines Through – in the 2015 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards

The 2015 Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council competition is further confirmation that the UK can boast a healthy population of creative designers and skilled practitioners operating across the many sectors of the profession. Find out more about the stars that make a positive impact and contribution to the industry here…

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The Goldsmiths’ Company welcomes feedback and article submissions for inclusion in future editions.

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Metallurgy & Materials

Refining laid Bair(d & Co)

They are the largest UK refiner of gold, they do their own in-house powder metallurgy and alloying and are the only place in the world to produce Rhodium bars, but who are Baird & Co really? The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London sent a crack team of young Foundation Programme students to investigate.

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Just some of the winners' pieces from the Craftmanship & Design Council Award Ceremony 2015

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards 2015 winners announced!

The 2015 Craftmanship & Design Awards ceremony took place on Monday 1st March 2015 at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London. View the winners and their amazing creations here.

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On Your Marks…the development in Assay Office marking technology

In this article Dr Robert Organ explains the differences between traditional and technological Assay Office techniques and how new advances benefit London Assay Office customers. Read more here.

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Metallurgy & Materials

Electroplating and Allied Processes – Part 1

In this tenth article in the series on basic metallurgical principles, Mark Grimwade discusses the importance of understanding the fundamentals of electroplating and deals with the processing equipment and operating conditions.

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Tools & Equipment

Direct Metal Laser Sintering Snake Pendant. Copyright Cooksongold

Investing in Technology: Cooksongold and 3D Printing Technology

Production of innovative jewellery directly from precious metal powders has recently burst onto the manufacturing scene. Known as 3D printing, this technology is being developed by Cooksongold. Is this the technology of the future for our industry? Does it take Cooksongold into a new business growth sector? Chris Corti reports.

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Industry Profiles

Frank Cooper - Senior Lecturer Jewellery Manufacturing Technologies & Technical Manager of the JIIC

Profile: Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper is a big man in many ways. He is probably best known in the industry in his role as Technical Manager of the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, to find out more about his career highs and lows click here.

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