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posted 04-18-2004 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
I know jewellery had a very important role, because it showed one's social status. Did the goldsmiths and silversmiths lived in castles? I know some of them formed guilds, but I was wondering, were there noblemans who had their "personal goldsmith"?
I do medieval jewellery myself (and never miss the opportunity to boast... silly me), so if you could recomend any sites I'd be gratefull.

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posted 04-19-2004 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Silversmiths and goldsmiths did not normally live in castles. Most castles simply weren't big enough, and even those that were, silversmiths and goldsmiths would only have lived on-site during the periods where they were performing commissions.

Goldsmiths and silversmiths were regarded little different to any other craftsmen - they were no more than paid servants. In many instances they were trusted even less than other journeymen (it was suspected that they would pilfer the wealth of the Lord if given too much freedom).

Many guilds were established to prevent the exploitation of craftsmen - a strong indication that if they were frequently not treated well. The other function of the guild was officially to protect craft standards, but in reality was something of a protection racket!

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths was officially established in 1300. Official history:
http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/company/history.htm http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/pdf/gs_history.pdf

ps. I'm a former member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths!

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