The Institute is the top qualifying body in the manufacturing gold and silver trade. It also develops and assists positive and acceptable methods of training, as well as good professional conduct. It was founded by like-minded people concerned about the fast diminishing jewellery and silverware trades and the resultant loss of skills in these related areas. It is exclusively devoted to promoting, encouraging and maintaining the very highest standards of craftsmanship in the U.K and Ireland. All members are practising craftsmen and women recognised for their high standard of professional accomplishment. The IPG is autonomous, free of all external controls and self-financing.

Membership is drawn from the complete spectrum of the craft: Chasers. Modellers. Designers. Mounters. Enamellers. Polishers/Finishers. Engine Turners. Setters. Engravers. Silversmiths. Goldsmiths. Smallworkers. Lapidaries.

To achieve fellowship, the craftsman must have a minimum of four years training, followed by not less than ten years full time employment within the trade. Their work is closely examined to assess the standard. Fellowship permits the right to use the distinctive letters FPIG and to use the IPG punch mark on their work, along with a certificate and entry on to the IPG website if desired, www.ipgold.org.uk

Craftsmen may apply for membership of the IPG, having worked for less time in the trade, with a view to becoming a Fellow at the appropriate time and skill level. They are not, however, allowed to use the IPG logo or punch mark on their work.

Members of the public wishing to commission pieces or ask advice about a specialist subject are welcome to contact the Institute via the Secretary, who in turn will contact appropriate members. Fellows details appear on the website only with their express permission. Tom Wightman applied in September 2009, was immediately accepted and is very proud to be a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths upholding the high standards and traditions of the art of the Goldsmith.

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