Goldsmith who lives near Bedford gets special mention in Cartier book

Cranfield goldsmith Glenn Chapman has been acknowledged in a new book about the Cartiers for his work as an apprentice.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:31 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 1:01 pm

Glenn, owner and founder of Goldsmithy Ltd in Cranfield, began his apprenticeship specialising in watch cases and small work in February 1973 with renowned jewellers Cartier London.

He was the last apprentice to be trained at the company, which was based in Rosebury Avenue, London, and worked for the watch case and small work workshop Wright and Davies Ltd.

And the new book - The Cartiers: The untold story of the family behind the Jewellery empire by Francesca Cartier-Brickell - acknowledges his efforts.

Glenn Chapman, goldsmith and owner of the Goldsmithy Ltd in Cranfield

Glenn said: “Wright & Davies, especially my teacher Alex Parkes, taught me everything I needed to know about creating one-off pieces of jewellery and small work and instilled in me the will to become the goldsmith I am today."

He added: “The Cartiers are a legendary family within the jewellery industry and I consider it an honour to have been able to help with my thoughts about the early 1970s working at Wright and Davies and Cartiers. Making one-off pieces is an obsession of mine and this book does a fantastic job of giving others an insight into the traditional jewellery empire that I know and love.”

The Goldsmithy provides bespoke jewellery designs to a wide range of customers. The family-run business offers several bespoke services – all of which are handcrafted by Glenn and his son Paul.

Services include designing jewellery from scratch and transforming old heirlooms into something new and exciting.

For more information about The Goldsmithy, visit here