Christopher Hamilton trained over forty years ago under artisan goldsmith Luigi Ugolini, whose workshop near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence specialised in the making of baroque style foderato work. Rose-cut diamonds were set into silver, later oxidised with a solution of liver of sulphur. The Italian word foderato means 'lined' as in the lining of a coat: in this case the lining was of 18ct gold, out of sight on the back of the silver - the gold's only purpose being that of protecting a wearer's clothing from being marked ... by the silver. Though Luigi was just 28 when Hamilton's apprenticeship began, he had already been working as a goldsmith for 18 years, entirely by hand, melting gold, drawing it into wire and tube and rolling it out in sheet form, skills he passed on.
Christopher has been making fine jewellery and silverware ever since, exclusively to commission. He loves to meet new challenges in producing really beautiful and meaningful works of substance, designed to delight the recipient., by listening to clients and working closely with them to learn more about their tastes and objectives. His work, in silver and in four colours of gold, can be found in private collections around the world. He has produced all sorts of commissions ranging from a large table centrepiece for 2nd Bttn. The Royal Gurkha Rifles to trophies for the Wilfred Owen Award For Poetry. Recipients of the latter included Christopher Logue, Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney and Harold Pinter. Christopher continues to make silver medals for The Hay Festival – whose winners include Simon Armitage, Jeanette Winterson, Karl Ove Knausgaard, John Le Carre', Alan Bennett, Margaret Attwood, Germaine Greer and Abi Morgan.
Christopher Hamilton divides his time between the Welsh borders and Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
He has written for the Independent on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, The Oldie and the readers’ quarterly Slightly Foxed.