Embossed silver sarcophagus of Saint Stanislaus in the Wawel Cathedral, created in the main centers of 17th century European silversmithery – Augsburg and Gdańsk
Paul Revere with a silver teapot and some of his engraving tools
Dish made by hand-hammering
Band made of silver

Metalworker who crafts objects from silver.

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Bench jeweler

Artisan who uses a combination of skills to make and repair jewellery.

Jeweler's studio in São Paulo

Some of the more common skills that a bench jeweler might employ include antique restoration, silversmithing, goldsmithing, stonesetting, engraving, fabrication, wax carving, lost-wax casting, electroplating, forging, and polishing.


Metalsmith who creates objects primarily from wrought iron or steel, but sometimes from other metals, by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut (cf.

A modern blacksmith exhibiting at a market stall
Statue of a blacksmith (Monument to John Cockerill in Brussels).
Smithing process in Mediterranean environment, Valencian Museum of Ethnology
Traditional blacksmith next to his forge of stone and brick
Canadian blacksmith in the 1970s
Blacksmith, 1606
An artist blacksmith and a striker working as one
A blacksmith at work
A blacksmith's striker
Hot metal work from a blacksmith
Wayland's smithy in the centre, Níðuð's daughter Böðvildr to the left, and Níðuð's dead sons hidden to the right of the smithy. Between the girl and the smithy, Wayland can be seen in an eagle fetch flying away. From the Ardre image stone VIII on Gotland
The artist William Blake used the blacksmith as a motif in his own extensive mythology. Here, Los, a protagonist in several of Blake's poems, is tormented at his smithy by the figure Spectre in an illustration Blake's poem Jerusalem. This image comes from Copy E. of that work, printed in 1821 and in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art
Ilmarinen Forges the Sampo, Berndt Godenhjelm, 19th century
A blacksmith shop in the harbor of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in the late 19th century
A blacksmith monk, from a medieval French manuscript
A Roma smith and his forge in Wallachia, by Dieudonné Lancelot, 1860
Blacksmiths at the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway shops in Topeka, Kansas, 1943
High school blacksmith class, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1915
Chancel iron gates designed by master blacksmith Samuel Yellin at Church of the Good Shepherd (Rosemont, Pennsylvania), USA
The Three Smiths Statue, situated at the intersection of Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie in Kluuvi, Helsinki, Finland
An Artist Blacksmith working with a power hammer in Bodom, Finland, 2011
Jesse Hoover blacksmith shop, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Painting by Joseph Morewood Staniforth, 1892

There was an historical opposition between the heavy work of the blacksmith and the more delicate operation of a whitesmith, who usually worked in gold, silver, pewter, or the finishing steps of fine steel.

Paul Revere

John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Paul Revere. c. 1768–1770
Revere's dentistry tools
The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5, 1770, a copper engraving by Paul Revere modeled on a drawing by Henry Pelham, 1770.
An eight-pence bill engraved and printed by Revere in 1778. The engraving of the pine tree on the verso (back of the bill) is likely the work of silversmith and engraver Nathaniel Hurd.
Drawing depicting the arrival of the French fleet in Narragansett Bay in 1778
Tea urn for Hannah Rowe, 1791, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Revere Coat-of-Arms engraved by Paul Revere
1813 portrait of Revere by Gilbert Stuart
Extract from membership register for Revere, Warren and Palfrey.
Paul Revere's grave site in the Granary Burying Ground
Paul Revere Equestrian Statue on Paul Revere Mall (2022)
Paul Revere Mall plaque

Paul Revere (December 21, 1734 O.S. (January 1, 1735 N.S.) – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, Sons of Liberty member and Patriot in the American Revolution.


Fusible metal alloy used to create a permanent bond between metal workpieces.

Spool of solder, 1.6 mm diameter
A soldered joint used to attach a wire to the pin of a component on the rear of a printed circuit board
Sn60Pb40 solder
Pure tin solder wire
Soldering copper pipes using a propane torch and lead-free solder
Electrical solder with an integrated rosin core, visible as a dark spot in the cut end of the solder wire.

In silversmithing or jewelry making, special hard solders are used that will pass assay.


Metalworker who specializes in working with gold and other precious metals.

The Baqdadi goldsmith by Kamal-ol-molk
Gold used as raw material for making jewelry or as means of payment. From the Migration Period, Sweden around 400–549 AD.
A goldsmith workshop during the mid-seventeenth century
A Brahmin goldsmith from Goa, 16th century India
Gold and silver smith in Lucknow, India 1890
Modern goldsmith at work
17th century goldsmith.
Renaissance goldsmith shop
Goldsmith's workshop in Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of Seville
A Karo people (Indonesia) goldsmith in Sumatra (circa 1918)
Goldsmith shop in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia during the early-20th century. The man in the middle may be a "Klingalees" (orang Keling), someone from South India

The trade has very often included jewelry-making skills, as well as the very similar skills of the silversmith.

Georg Jensen

Georg Jensen in his workshop in Copenhagen, 1906
A Georg Jensen shop at Strøget, Copenhagen

Georg Arthur Jensen (31 August 1866 in Rådvad – 2 October 1935 in Copenhagen) was a Danish silversmith and founder of Georg Jensen A/S (also known as Georg Jensen Sølvsmedie).


Ethnoreligious group, native to the alluvial plain of southern Mesopotamia, who are followers of Mandaeism.

Mandaeans in prayer
The Genesis Apocryphon, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Damascus Document, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Jordan River
Kartir's inscription at Ka'ba-ye Zartosht claimed that he "struck down" the non-Zoroastrian minorities, such as the Mandaeans
Mandaean silversmith at work in Baghdad, Iraq, 1932
Mandaeans celebrating Parwanaya and bearing witness to the Yardena at the Tigris River, Amarah, Iraq - March 17, 2019
Baptism (masbuta) during Parwanaya in the Tigris River, Amarah, Iraq - March 17, 2019
Ganzibra Dakheel Edan (1881–1964), High Priest of the Mandaeans
Mīnākārī on gold, an ancient art of Mandaeans, Ahvaz, Iran
Mandaeans undergoing baptism (Masbuta) in the Karun River, Ahvaz, Iran
Mandaean community in Finland, May 2018
Mandaean Drabsha, symbol of the Mandaean faith
Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci

Zahroun Amara, world renowned niello silversmith. People that are known to have owned his silver nielloware include Stanley Maude, Winston Churchill, the Bahraini royal family, Egyptian King Farouk, the Iraqi royal family (including kings Faisal I and Ghazi), and the British royal family including the Prince of Wales who became Edward VIII.

François-Thomas Germain

Germain is thought to have introduced this popular model of candlestick in Paris in 1757-1758.

François-Thomas Germain (1726–1791) was a French silversmith who was often commissioned by European royalty and inherited the title of royal silversmith and sculptor to the King of France.

Robert Welch (designer)

Robert Welch's premises on Lower High Street, Chipping Campden, seen in October 2009

Robert Radford Welch MBE, RDI (21 May 1929 – 15 March 2000), was an English designer and silversmith.

Atsidi Sani

Atsidi Sani (c.

1830 – c. 1870 or 1918) was the first known Navajo silversmith.