phillip godfrey designer goldsmith
Phillip Godfrey Designer Goldsmith

The Designer

I am an established Designer Goldsmith with 35 years experience in Jewellery retail ,i have been handmaking Jewellery for over 44 years , I gain particular satisfaction and pleasure from the creation of unique pieces of jewellery . I can work with any metal and precious stone to form your jewellery requirements and I am happy to transform an existing piece to your taste.

Let me tell you more about this fascinating subject -one which has many facets:-

Gold

Q. How much gold has been mined in human history

A. It's hard to believe, but if all the gold ever mined was weighed, it would amount to between 140,000 and 160,000 tons. That would be a cube of only approximately 62 feet on a side. A cubic inch of gold weighs 11.06 oz.

Historical Milestones in the history of our uses of gold

4000BC golds first recorded use in jewellery

1200 B.C. The Egyptians master the art of beating gold into leaf
to extend its use, as well as alloying it with other
metals for hardness and color variations. They also
start casting gold using the lost-wax technique
that today is still at the heart of jewellery making.

the story of jason and the argonauts seeking a golden fleece probably came from the sheeps fleeces used to collect/ trap alluvial gold,which after being hung to dry would be beaten so that the gold would fall off and thus be recovered.

560 B.C. The first coins made purely from gold are minted in
Lydia, a kingdom of Asia Minor.

1284 A.D. Venice introduces the gold Ducat, which soon
becomes the most popular coin in the world and
remains so for more than five centuries.

1284 A.D. Great Britain issues its first major gold coin, the
Florin. This is followed shortly by the Noble,
and later by the Angel, Crown, and Guinea.

1511 A.D. King Ferdinand of Spain says to explorers, “Get gold,
humanely if you can, but all hazards, get gold,”
launching massive expeditions to the newly
discovered lands of the Western Hemisphere.

1787 A.D. First U.S. gold coin is struck by Ephraim Brasher, a
goldsmith.

1816 A.D. Great Britain officially ties the pound to a specific
quantity of gold at which British currency is
convertible.

1817 A.D. Britain introduces the Sovereign, a small gold coin
valued at one pound sterling

2009 world gold prices continue to rise and is three times its 2004 value

Recycling gold

Ever since it was first discovered, gold has always been recycled thanks to its inherent high value. So that means your modern jewellery or dental crown could contain gold that was mined in prehistoric times, and might have even been part of some priceless item belonging to ancient royalty! Today, at least 15% of annual gold consumption is recycled each year.

Fine gold is so malleable that it can be beaten down to a thickness of 1112µ (.0001112 mm) into translucent gold leaf, so that one ounce (31.1 gr.) of it will cover about 16 square metres!

Gold is currently used in the following products

  • Electronics
  • Space and Aeronautics
  • Medical
  • Cleantech / Environmental
  • Nanotechnology
  • Catalysts
  • Dentistry
  • Decorative
  • Engineering
  • Food & drink
  • Beauty

14TH CENTURY JEWELLERS WORSHOP 15TH/16TH CENTURY JEWELLERS WORKSHOP JEWELLERS WORKSHOP 1904 MY WORKSTATION 2008

As you can see very little has changed in the jewellers workshop down the ages their intrinsic layout has remained the same as have the tools, work methods and designs as illustrated in the following pictures

1200BC 300AD 2000AD

The world of jewellery making is both fascinating and magical as you will see from the following pictures...We can go from this

Melt 1

To this

Melt 2

And then

Melt 3

Followed by

Melt 4

We get to here

Melt 5

Careful cutting and shaping give us this

Melt 6

And things really start to take shape

Melt 7

Almost ready to wear

Melt 8

And now ready for a little spit and polish

Melt 9

Eat your heart out jimmy!

We can make almost anything in precious metal by applying our own brand of magic, the boundaries are only set by your imagination.