Jack Row was born in Nottingham, England in 1985. An interest in art, design and technology developed from an early age, and he knew his career lay within the creative arts. After completing an apprenticeship in traditional goldsmithing, he began studying in 2005 at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) on a Higher National Diploma (HND) jewellery/silversmithing design course. Following successful graduation in 2007 and winning a number of awards, he entered employment for one of Europe’s leading jewellery manufacturing companies, as a designer of bespoke products. Experimenting with the application of computer aided design (CAD) technology, Jack became fascinated with its potential for the creation of innovative, exciting products.
The profession of Goldsmithing is one of the oldest and culturally important in human history. Covering art, craft and design disciplines, the modern goldsmith is not merely a maker of body adornment or ‘jewellery’.
Despite the technological improvements in lost wax casting, each precious metal component must still be painstakingly enhanced by hand, by an experienced goldsmith. Little has changed for millennia; the craftsperson will still work by hand using precision tools Including needle files, burnishers, gravers, fine bladed piercing saws and various grades of abrasive paper to remove imperfections in the cast or milled silver, gold or platinum.
Once each piece has been laboriously prepared, they are polished by hand, using a series of fine cotton wheels and abrasive compounds or pastes, until the desired finish is achieved. The process of hand finishing also means that every piece has its own small idiosyncrasies, making no two pieces completely indistinguishable.