|Born||Sara Jocelyn Margarita Elissa Burton
10 January 1946
|Occupation||Silversmith, Goldsmith, designer|
|Parents||Monty Burton (father)
Joan Evans (mother)
|Relatives||Alison Fairman (sister)
Michael Burton (Brother)
Sara Jocelyn Margarita Elissa Burton is a British silver and goldsmith.
Jocelyn Burton was born in Wales in 1946 and is the daughter of RAF officer Roland (Monty) Burton. She intended to read modern languages at Cambridge but decided to train as a silversmith at Sir John Cass College in London where she studied under Jack Stapley. In 1967 she won the De Beers International Award for the design of diamond jewellery. Three years later she set up her own studio and workshop in London. In 2003, she received the City and Guilds of London Institute Gold Medal – Prince Philip Medal.
Burton's commissions include a silver table fountain for the Fishmongers' Company, an 18ct gold and sapphire chain for the Butchers' Company, an offertory salver for Lichfield Cathedral and a centrepiece commissioned by Sir Roy Strong to launch the Modern Plate collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (where it is on permanent exhibition). Recently she has completed a set of magnificent silver wall sconces for a City financial institution and the Pataudi Trophy, a prize commissioned by the MCC to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's Test debut, presented when the Indian cricket team in England in 2007 toured the UK. The MCC loaned the trophy to be exhibited in November and December 2012 at Burton's Bentley & Skinner Exhibition. Her work features in private and public collections including, 10 Downing Street, York Minster, Longleat, St Paul's Cathedral and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Apart from major commissions Burton has created a range of domestic silver as well as jewellery using gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones. All this work is based on her own designs – from preliminary sketches to finished colour drawings. The drawings are prized for their own sake.
In 1995 Burton won the United Kingdom Jeweller Award for best design in silver. Burton had the first piece of platinum to be hallmarked at the London Assay Office in 1973 when hallmarking for platinum was introduced under the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and platinum became a recognised metal under the Vienna Convention on the Control of the Fineness and the Hallmarking of Precious Metal Objects. This piece is at Goldsmiths' Hall. She became a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in 1974.