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  • Dawn Meaden-Johnson

INSIDER Trade Tips | Making Jewellery Clasps & Fittings

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Invaluable information for Jewellers intending to hand fabricate Jewellery fittings.

These illustrations are taken from Goldsmith Hamish Bowie's classic Book "Jewellery Making" originally published in 1976, where he provides these diagrams for Jewellers that show the patterns and sizes for some popular Jewellery clasps and fittings.

Note: Hamish is currently bringing the content of his book up to-date and will be re-publishing this in the near future.

Who Shared this Tip?

This Tip of the Trade was generously shared by Hamish Bowie a Goldsmith who has been working in the Jewellery industry as a Goldsmith for over 40 years. He has taught Jewellery skills at the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery BCU for many years encouraging students to be the best they can and sharing his extensive repertoire of skills. In his retirement he still continues to share his trade tips to other makers vi Social Media.

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Hamish Bowie

Our thanks to Hamish Bowie for generously allowing us to share his beautiful illustrations via our Blog.

All images © Hamish Bowie; All rights reserved.


About the author

Dawn Meaden-Johnson is the Director and Founder of The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company, she has 25 years’ experience working in the Jewellery Industry including at Signet Retail Jewellers and almost 10 Years at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery during which time she has worked extensively with national and international clients whilst managing their Short Course Programme.

A graduate Silversmith of Birmingham School of Jewellery, Dawn still occasionally creates limited edition contemporary jewellery under the brand Dawnstorm, specialising in the use of anodised aluminium in jewellery.

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