Although Pauline experimented
with titanium while studying jewellery at Sir John Cass
College in the 1970s, it was the related refractory metal,
niobium that stimulated her own creativity.
Her husband, Peter Gainsbury, who was Technical Director
with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths introduced niobium
as a decorative material to jewellers and silversmiths
in the UK.
Niobium exhibits a similar colour potential to that of
titanium but has the added attraction of much greater malleability.
Niobium can be chased and forged without the need for annealing
as is demonstrated in the exhibited pieces.
Pauline’s design inspiration from the natural world
of flowers is realised in niobium decorative elements combined
with precious metals and gemstones.
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