Malcolm Betts

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Born in Surrey, England in 1964, Malcolm Betts first expressed an interest in being a goldsmith after a visit to Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter at the age of sixteen. Attending a two-year jewellery trade course at Mid-Warwickshire College gave Malcolm an immediate grounding and understanding of working in precious and non-precious metals. Malcolm then joined an art foundation course, followed by a four-year jewellery course at Middlesex Polytechnic from which he achieved a first class BA Hons degree. 1989 Malcolm completed his Master of Arts at the Royal College of Art, London. Later that year Malcolm set up his own workshop in Islington, with the help of a Crafts Council grant, where he developed his innovative contemporary designs working with precious metals combined with diamonds, emeralds sapphires and rubies. Malcolm Betts’ opened his first showroom in Notting Hill, London in 2001, where he offers a bespoke jewellery service to an ever-growing clientele. All pieces are made by hand, using Platinum, 18ct and 22ct gold, finished with Betts’ distinctive hand beaten finish. These original designs are set with unusual diamonds of high quality, of both antique and modern cuts. The inspiration for his work are the stones themselves, Malcolm sources antique stones from all over the world, his particular favourite being the Old Cushion cut diamond, Burma rubies, and sapphires from Ceylon. Malcolm Betts designs bespoke jewellery for a growing number of celebrity clients both in the States and the UK. An extract of this list includes Meg Ryan, Tom Cruise, Danielle Steele, Dustin Hoffman the late Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, and many others. For the past 10 years Malcolm Betts has been commissioned by U2 to make pieces for their tours, and also private work for all members of the band. All special commissions are unique to each client. In addition to his broad UK client base, Malcolm Betts has a successful wholesale business throughout the United States and Japan, including showing his work at Barneys New York stores in New York, Beverley Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and San Fransisco. Malcolm Betts jewellery stockists in th UK include Primavera in Cambridge and Diana Porter in Bristol. Both in the UK and abroad Malcolm Betts receives regular press coverage, within both fashion and wedding magazines.

Education:

Masters of Art - Royal College of Art, London Four Year Jewellery course (Ba Hons, 1st Class) - Middlesex Polytechnic Two-Year Jewellery trade course - Mid-Warwickshire College

Exhibitions:

Goldsmiths' Fair - Goldsmiths' Hall


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    22ct gold and platinum ball bracelet

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    22ct gold large ball bracelet

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    Leather bracelet with 22ct gold diamond charms

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    Half platinum/half 22ct bangle

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    Gold ring with 3 star rubies

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    Ring with platinum set emerald cut diamond

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    22ct gold round cufflinks

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    18ct gold bangle

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    22ct gold chain

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