During this time I acquired extensive knowledge of diamonds and the diamond trade which included a period working in an Antwerp diamond cutting factory. In 1981, I was invited to become a Freeman ofthe prestigious Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths', and at the same time, became a Freeman of the City of London. The Goldsmiths' Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. It has a history dating back to the eleventh century.
After a successful career in Finance in the City of London, Georgina Bywater became interested in the beauty of handcrafted jewellery design. When she left the City, she realised that this move gaveher the opportunity to transform her creative dreams into reality. Georgina's jewellery is designed along very simple, clean contemporary lines, contrasting the smoothness of silver against the markings of semi-precious stones to create timeless, fluid, classical pieces.
After graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Master's Degree in Goldsmithing and Silversmithing in 1993, Diana set up her studio in London in 1994 with the aid of a Crafts Council Grant,successfully designing and making jewellery and silversmithing for shows and galleries, nationally and internationally. Diana won the P&O Makower Silver Commission for the Crafts Council in 1995 and in 1996 was named best newcomer at Chelsea Crafts Fair.
James Fairhurst draws inspiration from the exquisite natural beauty of rare and unusual gemstones in order to create jewellery with a strong visual impact. His designs are simple and elegant, showingeach gemstone off to its maximum potential. Continuous free flowing lines are used to create a balance between the different elements of each piece.
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