E. Podolsky & Co Design


A design for an art deco clip brooch set with diamonds and rubies, from the E. Podolsky & Co design archive, circa 1925

Paul Podolsky’s career in jewellery spans over 70 years. A Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, he has worked both behind the bench and the executive’s desk, and served in senior positions on almost all of the country’s major trade bodies. 

The son of Ukrainian parents who had moved to the UK in 1915, his father, Eyna Podolsky, had built up a successful fine jewellery business in Charles Street (now Greville Street), Hatton Garden.  As a boy, Paul made friends with the large team of diamond mounters, setters and apprentices and he learnt to make tools, to melt scrap and to operate machinery.

A design for an art deco clip brooch set with diamonds and rubies, from the E. Podolsky & Co design

In the harsh post-war climate, which included a punitive purchase tax on jewellery, the firm was forced to change direction by producing cheaper, 9 ct gold items and acquiring the jewellery sections of the large manufacturers Blanckensee and Albion Chain.  However Paul continued his father’s tradition of training apprentices to the same exacting standards.  He has trained 10 apprentices during his career, firmly believing the craft needs technical expertise to survive.

Initially unable to afford a professional designer, he designed the firm’s products himself, using the drawing skills he first nurtured as a teenager. 

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Library & Archives

The Company’s archives date back to the 14th century, and the Library's collections include over 8,000 books and over 15,000 images, magazines, journals, films and special research collections.

History of the Company

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.

Collections

Internationally recognised, the Goldsmiths’ Company has one of the finest collections of silver made in Britain, numbering some 8,000 examples from 1350 to the present day.