Precious Metals

Watch How Today’s British Silversmiths Break Convention to Create Contemporary Objects Both Practical and Pretty

Peer inside one of the special few silversmiths commissioned by Downing Street, and what you’ll see is more Dreamworks than blacksmith’s. The makers of modern British silver will surprise you. From their use of digital imaging to their collaborations with Hollywood costume designers (Madonna and Cate Blanchett have worn pieces), these artisans create objects that are bespoke, beguiling and downright beautiful. Christie’s toured four workshops to see how museum-quality British silver is born.