Gold-smiths aren’t mere metalworkers. They are artists. Gold is one of the rarer and most precious elements on Earth. Gold is synonymous with purity, clarity, affluence, health and above all, beauty. It may be incomprehensible to many how such high standards could be topped, to create something that beckons the adulation of even the Gods. It is true that in Hindu mythology, deities were embellished with ornate gold jewellery. In fact, the tradition of indulging in gold jewellery during Diwali, the festival which involves the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of bounty, is further proof of the association of gold with the Gods. This link, however, is not exclusive to India, as there are scriptures which describe medieval churches as being a storehouse for gold ornaments, Crosses, goblets, platters and other countless riches. Gold has been among the most sought after articles since its discovery, and it doesn’t require a specialist to come to that conclusion. Today, Sawansukha Institute of Gemology spearheads the gold-smithing revolution in India, with detailed professional courses on various fields such as diamond grading, advanced jewellery design and of course, gold smithing, among others.
We often overlook the contribution of gold-smiths into the creation of jewellery. A gold-smith doesn’t necessarily restrict his area of expertise to gold, extending it to silver and other precious metals too.
The proficiency of the gold-smith in these areas have to come into play because 24-carat gold is often considered too ductile for use, so often she/he is required to create alloys of gold to make her/his creation sustainable. The process of gold-smithing is excruciatingly hard, involves the cutting of the desired piece of metal, followed by forging the gold into alloys. The gold is then either cast into a wax or metal model, and then beaten to level it out. The smith then solders the separate articles in excessive heat. The product is then filed and subsequently engraved, and then followed by embossing, enamelling and polishing.
Historically, gold-smithing was a family profession, and sons of gold-smiths became gold-smiths. Outsiders would have to gain the favour of an apprenticeship in order to take up the profession of a gold-smith. But now, thanks to institutions like Sawansukha Institute of Gemology which offer professional gold-smithing courses, anyone who is inspired enough can follow her/his dreams to become gold-smiths. The course runs for 2 months, and incorporates the latest technologies and advancements in this field. A great opportunity awaits those who are willing to embark on this journey to follow Vishvakarma, the Indian God of gold-smiths.