We got to use some of the tools the goldsmiths use to create their bespoke jewellery, including this set of files. It’s amazing that something so big is used to make something so delicate, isn’t it?
Trying My Hand at The Goldsmithy Goldsmiths
I had a go at putting some silver through this mangle-style machine (it’s obviously a lot more technical than that but that’s the best way I can describe it!) It squeezes the silver and is really difficult to turn!
Thanks to Kara Caradas from Heels in My Backpack for the photos of me.
Keeping the Goldsmith Heritage Alive
Design Something Truly Unique
If you’re keen to have a go yourself, you can even help make it. Around 60-70% of customers at The Goldsmithy Goldsmiths help make their own jewellery, making it much more special, especially for wedding rings. And that’s exactly what I, and some other lovely Milton Keynes bloggers tried our hands at. I actually filed a gold ring, and let me tell you, it’s pretty tricky!
This is the ring I was working on. You can see the dents in my fingers and thumb from where I was gripping it, the tiny specks of gold I filed off.
We all had a go filing and polishing a ring, and it was so interesting to see it go from a dull circlet to a beautiful shiny ring. This is how the ring changed over the morning, from rough and dull, to smooth, to polished.
When we were looking for wedding rings many years ago, we had real trouble finding anything individual. In the end, we commissioned a jeweller to make something bespoke for Ryan. I just got a simple gold band as I have Ryan’s great nan’s vintage engagement ring and wanted something plain so it could shine. I’d have loved to have made his ring, but it didn’t occur to me I could back then.
I think it would be so special to have some jewellery made by a talented artisan, rather than something mass-produced.
Fabulous Food and Treats
We rounded off the morning with some gorgeous food from Cameron’s Kitchen in Stony Stratford. Thanks guys, it was yummy!
We went home with some lovely treats from Peel Juice Bar, Hello Stationary, Pasha Turkish Bar & Grill, Beauty Box by Alyson, Revolucion De Cuba, Cameron’s Kitchen, Giraffe World Kitchen, Beeswax Wraps, Popaball, Rocky Road Treats, Whitespace Yoga Studio and Maaya, thanks guys.
It was a lovely way to spend the morning, and I’ll be going back soon to get my engagement ring cleaned – it’s full of make-up and cake mix!