Edinburgh-based jeweller Hamilton & Inches has announced that its investment into traineeships and apprenticeships is paying off, with three new jewellers completing their training this month.
Jenna Watson has completed her traineeship in the company’s goldsmith workshop under master jeweller Chay McClory.
Having studied at the Italian Mint in Rome, Dario Batzella achieved his traineeship in engraving within Hamilton & Inches’ silver workshop, overseen by master engraver Ruaridh Malcomson.
Finally, Paul Kirkos, guided by his father and Hamilton & Inches master silversmith Panos Kirkos, completed his five-year apprenticeship in silversmithing and chasing.
Paul’s training was supported by both the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
All three qualifications are recognised by the Edinburgh Assay Office, part of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths.
Assay master Scott Walter praised the three students, saying: “The dedication and time spent honing a craft cannot be underestimated. Since 1457, we have recognised the very highest of workmanship and are proud to see a future generation dedicated to keeping such unique crafts alive in Scotland.”
Hamilton & Inches said that the three students have already made an impact, designing award-winning pieces and creating exciting new collections, including contributing to the world’s first collection of 22ct Scottish Gold fine jewellery.