Hamilton and Inches has revealed that a goblet handcrafted from ethically sourced silver will be among the pieces in the upcoming “Celebrating our Craft” exhibition celebrating Scottish jewellery and silversmithing.
The contemporary minimalist design was created by trainee silversmith Ruth Page who was commissioned to create the piece as part of her prize when she was awarded the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) Outstanding Student Award in 2019.
It’s the first time that the award-winning design has been made from Fairmined silver – reflecting SGT’s ambition to see Scotland become a frequent user of ethically-sourced materials and sustainable practices.
The goblet features rectangular cutouts near the base that give a glimpse of a cone with a tiny gold sphere which is based on the anti-trespass panels. The inside is plated with black rhodium, giving a rich, dark lustre to the wine inside.
Page said: “I found out about the award the same day I learned I’d graduated with a first – it was the best day of my life. The use of Fairmined silver was also important to me – it’s an issue that needs to be talked about.
“And now to have the piece selected for an exhibition that includes some superb pieces of gold and silversmithing going back to the 1880s is absolutely amazing.”
Ebba Goring, chief executive, Scottish Goldsmiths Trust, added: “This is a wonderful piece of work by Ruth. It embodies exactly the kind of beauty and quality that we are trying to nurture among young Scottish silversmiths. The goblet is also notable because it is the first time the Outstanding Student Award design has been made from Fairmined silver.
“We also know that the mine meets the Fairmined standard relating to social, economic and environmental standards. The SGT is committed to supporting and promoting the adoption of responsible and sustainable practices in jewellery and silversmithing.”