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Jocelyn Burton, goldsmith to grandees, shares jewellers with Hirst


Rahul Dravid of India holds the Pataudi trophy as Indian players celebrate their series win against England with Tiger Pataudi during day five of the Third Test match at the Oval in London on 13 August 2007. Photo: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Bentley & Skinner, the jewellers in Piccadilly who made Damien Hirst's technically demanding diamond-studded skull (he is a regular client there, apparently), are showing a goldsmith until 7 December, who, far from Hirst's carefully cultivated and very public image of rebelliousness, is an almost secret asset of the Establishment. Her clients range from the Duke of Edinburgh to ancient City of London guilds to the smartest cricket club in India, the Pataudi, where the Nawab of Pataudi played so well that he ended up captain of India's national team. Jocelyn Burton is decidedly not modern, but if you want something imposing and full of heraldic and cultural allusions, she's your woman. Here, for example, is the Pataudi team with their trophy by Burton, a gadrooned rose bowl standing on a silver gazebo—it's not often you hear that word nowadays—with Indian-style columns and a jasper and silver cricket ball in the centre.

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