Jacqueline Mina awarded OBE

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Artist goldsmith recognised for services to art.

Goldsmith Jacqueline Mina was among those honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Mina, who was celebrated in an extensive dedicated exhibition at The Goldsmiths Hall in early 2011, has been awarded an OBE for services to art.

Mina is known as one of the country’s foremost artist jewellers and has been creating understated and sensual, yet technically brilliant, works for the past 45 years.

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Amanda Game is a contemporary jewellery expert and created the 2011 Goldsmiths’ Hall exhibition Dialogues in Gold that celebrated the jeweller’s work. She said: “Jacqueline has an authoritative use of traditional goldsmithing techniques allied to a strong artistic curiosity, which result in works that have a rare aesthetic presence in the field of contemporary gold jewellery.”

Mina has never produced jewellery commercially, preferring to focus on handmade techniques and making each piece and component of a jewel herself in her low-tech workshop. The only concessions to technology she makes are a wire drawing machine and a pendant drill – everything else is made by hand using traditional goldsmithing techniques.

Throughout her career, Mina has always taught as well as producing her own body of work. Until 1994 she was a lecturer at the Royal College, in addition to teaching at colleges around the country. Some of her past students have become distinguished jewellers in their own right, notably the Italian jeweller Giovanni Corvaja and British jewellers Jane Adam and Catherine Martin, all of whom openly express their gratitude for her guidance and tutelage early in their careers.

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