Family business keep traditional goldsmithing thriving with new workshop opening

In a world of technology and Computer Aided Design, many

traditional skills going back centuries are being lost. The traditional path to owning a piece of jewellery was to commission a smith to make it, and the father and son team behind The Goldsmithy Ltd in Milton Keynes are passionate about keeping this art of traditional goldsmithing and watchmaking alive.

After 8 successful years in the historic town of Stony Stratford, The Goldsmithy relocated to a new, larger workshop in the Cranfield last month at Perry Hill Farm and held a series of opening events which included demonstrations of the traditional jewellery making process. The event was attended by almost 100 people, including The Mayor of Milton Keynes.

The larger premises have given the team much more space to create beautiful commissions which will add to the 600 plus handcrafted pieces, they have already created using solely traditional methods.

The company was set up by Father, Glenn Chapman who has been in the jewellery industry since 1972, learning his trade at Cartier London. Fast forward to 2019 where son Paul Chapman is learning his ather’s expertise and helping to keep the traditional

trade alive.

The duo were involved in the MK50 celebrations in 2018, creating a limited-edition coin along with 5 unique pieces of jewellery that were auctioned off and the proceeds donated to Willen Hospice.

From their new workshop, The Goldsmithy will continue to create one-of-a-kind pieces and want to work with you to thank employees or leave a lasting impression on clients with bespoke handcrafted commissions. From pins and pendants to cufflinks and pens, the traditional goldsmiths can turn your idea into a reality. For extra personalisation, pieces can even engrave with initials or business logos.

Owner and founder of The Goldsmithy, Glenn Chapman comments: “We work closely with our customers and clients to understand their ideas. As part of every commission, clients are invited into the workshop to see stages of the piece being created, enabling any changes to be made before the final stage of polishing takes place.”

Chapman continues: “The move to the new workshop has been a great step for us and the future is bright! We look forward to building relationships with businesses across Milton Keynes which will contribute to keeping this traditional craft alive.”


If you’d like to find out more about creating bespoke gifts with

The Goldsmithy contact the team on 01908 565200 or visit

www.thegoldsmithy.com to see their full range of services including previous commissions.