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Michael Bolton was born in 1938 in West London. After the war started in 1939, the family
moved to Kent where he spent his childhood. He began his career in commerce working
for a shipping company and American Express .In 1970, after taking inspiration from an exhibition
of Gerda Flockinger's work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London he decided to change
direction and became a self taught silversmith. Within 5 years he had mastered silversmithing.
His natural talent for design meant that he had soon registered his makers mark at Goldsmiths Hall
and was producing jewellery and silverware. His distinctive style was influenced by the Arts and Crafts
Movement, and Celtic and medieval heritage. His pieces were superbly made , often chunky with a
hammered type finish. He worked to commission using young assistants an designers at his workshop
in Cornwall, and received many commission from private individuals, companies, corporations,
and institutions. His clients included Julie Andrews, Glenda Jackson, and Lord Palumbo.
In 2003 he was part of the 'Love Story' exhibition in the Goldsmith's Hall making
jewellery and a collar for Tony Foard's model of a bride.
Michael Bolton 1970 Michael Bolton 1970's silver Michael Bolton 1983 silver
aquamarine silver ring bangle, ring, and cuff links. "beetle" ring
Jack Spencer was born in Sheffield in 1934. After his eleven plus exam he was awarded a
scholarship to the Junior department at The College of Art in Sheffield, and was undertaking
vocational silversmith training from the age of eleven. At age 15 he began as an apprentice
with the firm Walker and Hall and also spent 2 years in th RAF undertaking national service.
He went on to work for David Mellor, the Sheffield born Industrial designer in his Park Lane
workshop. In 1966 he formed a creative partnership with Keith Tyssen, another Sheffield craftsman
producing flatware and cutlery designs. Spencer went on to form his own business in 1966, named
Jack Spencer (Silversmith) Ltd, producing beautiful jewellery. His design ethos was to produce
handmade high quality items at prices the average shopper could afford. Most of the jewellery he
made was handmade from just two different gauges and widths of silver and gold wire.
Jack Spencer 1973 ribbon pendant Jack Spencer 9 carat gold brooch Jack Spencer silver pendant
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7) ANDREW GRIMA
Andrew Grima (1921-2007) was an Anglo-Italian designer who became a very influential figure in modern
British post war jewellery design. In 1946, he joined the H.J.Company, his father in law's jewellery firm.
Self taught he soon introduced innovative new ideas and techniques, changing the design emphasis from
figurative, to organic and abstract designs. By the 1960's he had become the foremost British modernist
jewellery designer , and the Royal and Society jeweller of the era. He sold his jewellery from his exclusive
gallery in Mayfair which featured the world's first perspex spiral staircase. His striking designs combined
yellow gold mounts with a variety of large gemstones. His designs appeared simple and effortless but
required enormous skill to create. He employed around 30 craftsmen and woman in his workshop training
them in his design methods. Each piece was carefully set, hand engraved, and finished to an exceedingly high
standard. His clients included members of the British Royal family, as well as Barbara Hepworth, Jacqueline
Onassis, and Peter Sellers. Famous pieces he created were Queen Elizabeth's ruby brooch, and a lichen
brooch made in gold for Princess Margaret. In 1966 he was given the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth 11
producing jewels for the Queen to present as gifts to foreign dignitaries. He won numerous awards including
the De Beers Diamonds (International) award 11 times , and was the only jeweller to have won the Duke of
Edinburgh award for Elegant Design. Andrew Grima jewellery is still much sought after and highly collectable,
and the Grima jewellery brand continues to flourish to this day.
Andrew Grima gemstone brooch Andrew Grima gold Andrew Grima gold, diamond. and
1963 gemstone ring gemstone bracelet 1973
8) JOHN DONALD
John Donald (1928 -) is a British jeweller, goldsmith, and designer, known for his pioneering design and
craftsmanship. Born in 1928 he studied graphic design at Farnham before being offered the chance to study
at the metalwork department of the Royal College of Art, London, in 1952 where he found an affinity for
metalwork.Several years later he entered 5 pieces in the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery
1890-1961 held at the Goldsmiths Hall .In the early 1960's he was part of a small group who revolutionised
jewellery design. His glamorous and modern designs were radical, innovative and respected by art critics.
He used simple materials such as uncut crystal and gold rod creating abstract, expressive jewellery pieces.
He went on to establish a successful company with an international reputation .His work can be see in the
V&A Museum collections, The Royal Museum in Edinburgh, the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, and The
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. His clientele has been varied with pieces owned by heads of industry,
heads of state and various Royal Families.
John Donald opal and diamond John Donald diamond and ruby John Donald 9 carat gold bracelet
brooch 1973 pendant 1976 and diamond brooch 1973
9) MALCOLM APPLEBY
Malcolm Appleby was born in Kent in 1946. He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, Sir
John Cass, and the London Royal College of Art . He worked as an apprentice for John Wilkes in
London where he established his skills with intricate metal engraving as a gun engraver. He moved
to Scotland in 1970, where he set up his own studio and developed new techniques for engraving.
A metal engraver and silversmith known forhis expressive use of line and form, he is considered one
of the finest craftsmen working today. His work can be found in many major museums around the world.
Malcom Appleby wren and ivy Malcom Appleby silver and gilt Malcom Appleby engraved silver
silver bangle gilt earrings silver Ice brooch
10) NORMAN GRANT
Norman Grant was born in Forres, Scotland in 1943 . He studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen
in the 1960's and in the late 1960s started to design jewellery. His favourite medium was translucent
enamel combined with sterling silver. The relatively low cost of materials enabled him to keep the cost
of his jewellery to a reasonable price, and allowed him to be experiment with design. After showing
his work to local jewellers he was suprised to find that his jewellery had all sold in one morning. From
the start Grant found himself working full time to complete orders, and within a year had a successful
jewellery business. The bright colours and pop art patterns reflected the style and fashion of the era.
Grant himself said that he was influenced by the natural forms and coastland landscape of his home.
His early designs featured plant cell structures, petals, trees, shells, driftwood, and seaweed. Further
reading on Norman Grant can be found here.
Norman Grant silver and enamel Norman Grant "bubbles" bracelet Norman Grant 1970's pendant
11) GERDA FLOCKINGER
Born in Austria in 1972, Gerda emigrated to Britain in 1938. She studied fine art at St Martin's School
of Art, and jewellery and enamels at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts. Gerda went on to
become an iconic modernist jewellery designer of the British post war era. In 1962 she founded a new
course in experimental jewellery design at the Hornsey School of Art. By the mid 1960's Flockinger had
developed a unique, and pioneering style of her own. She used jewellery as an art form breaking away
from traditional structure and concepts . She created new techniques which included controlled fusion of
precious metals to create broken surfaces, fine textures and organic lines. Her jewellery displayed
elements of abstract forms, Eastern , and Art Nouveau influences. Her work has feature extensively in
many museums and institutions worldwide including the V and A Museum, London, and the Pforzheim
Museum of Fine Art, Germany. Flockinger was made a "Freeman of the Goldsmiths' company in 1991,
and in 1998 was awarded a CBE for her contributions to jewellery design and making.
1960's Gerda Flockinger Gerda Flockinger 1977 pearl Gerda Flockinger opal
pearl gold ring and gemstone necklace dress ring
Gillian Packard, (1938-) became one of the leading British jewellery designers of the 1960's. Born in
Newcastle upon Tyne, she undertook studies at Kingston School of Art, the Central School. and the
Royal College of Art,London. She entered competitions soon after graduating and won several
awards. She received particular acclaim for her diamond and gemstone rings. Her innovative designs
were seen as particularly ground breaking for the time. She was well know for her elegant rings, and
went on to create more organic jewellery pieces. She set up a workshop in the West End of London
in 1964 and acquired a loyal customer base . Although she employed six people she continued to
design all the jewellery herself , producing jewellery for over 60 stores in England. One of her
particularly innovative designs was an interlocking wedding and engagement ring. She developed
new ways of setting stones and was very specific about the colour and quality of stones used. In 1969
Packard became chairman of the British faction of the World Council for Applied Arts, and she also
taught at the London Central School of Fine Arts. Two of her designs can be found at the V and A
Museum in London. Her work remains much prized by collectors today.
Gillian Packard 18 carat gold 18 carat gold diamond brooch &nb