Precious Little Gems Commission: Update from Nina Rithalia

Nina Rithalia is in her final year of the Starter Studio Programme for Silversmiths and Jewellers. This year, alongside Fenella Watson, Nina is one of two silversmiths selected to receive the annual ‘Precious Little Gems’ commission from Sheffield Assay Office.

Having finalised and presented her designs for the commission, Nina is now busy making the commission.

“For this piece I have textured the silver by engraving and fusing which has gone well. I’ve had to use a lathe for the first time for drilling accurately. Progress has been slow as I am learning new techniques and I still have a lot of soldering and polishing to do before the piece is finished.”

The selected silversmiths are given a budget and materials to complete their commissions. This year, Sheffield Assay Office has secured sponsorship from Bradford based Bullion Company, Fowler Oldfield who’ve generously agreed to support the commissions by supplying the silver required to make the two pieces.

Assay Master, Ashley Carson is delighted with the new sponsor coming on board; “It is always great news to find a company willing to support new up and coming silversmiths and supporting the industry.”

Greg Frankel, Director of Fowler Oldfield said “The Precious Little Gems are an amazing collection of contemporary designs; we as a company are delighted to support the production of this year’s commissions."

Look out for the completed commissions by Nina Rithalia and Fenella Watson, on display in the main reception area of Millennium Galleries in Sheffield from April to September as part of the Year of Making 2016.

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