The family of “Shafiq Ghali” is considered the second Egyptian family in jewelry industry in the country.
The family was founded in 1800 A.D, by their grandfather.
And advertisements of the family appeared as Ghali& his son Shafiq who specialized in smithing and trading gold items.
Over its long history, the family had workshops for smithing gold and shops to sell gold items and jewels.
Shaheer Raouf Ghali, a famous jeweler, said that Shafiq Ghali represents the second generation of the family as he completed his father career and put foundations of craftsmanship, professionalism and principles that established in minds of the family members generation after generation and for those who trained by the family.
He added that Shafiq Ghali inaugurated the first shop at Sahgah Street, Gamaliah District, Cairo in 1950 then he opened another shop in at 24 Soliman Pasha at the apartment building that houses Radio Cinema downtown Cairo.
Shaheer Ghali pointed out that Shafiq Ghali who is the first who presents gold alloys that bear his name in the Egyptian market.
Gold alloys came from London hallmarked by his name and traded a trade mark.
He went on to say that Shafiq Ghali passed away in 1940.
His two sons Safwat and Raouf completed his career as the third generation of the family.
They separated with each other and everyone has a shop and independent firm.
Shaheer explained that Raouf Shafiq Ghali was born in 1939 and died in 2016.
He was the Deputy of Merchants, Smiths of Gold and Jewels in Egypt.
He inaugurated the first factory to smith gold chains under the Name Shafiq Ghali during the fifties of the 20th century after bringing machinery to produce gold chains that take the shape of tied rings.
The factory was built in Gamaliah District in Cairo.
Then he opened another branch in the center of Cairo behind the Central Bank of Egypt.
That later factory specialized the first square gold chain in the Middle East which was introduced to the Egyptian market by Shawkat Raouf Ghali early at the 80s of the 20th century.
Shaheer Ghali continued to say that the fourth generation of the Ghalis is represented by Sherif, Shawkat and Shaheer who are sons of Raouf Shafiq Ghali and Ihab Safwat Shafiq Ghali whop take the responsibility of completion of the family career.
He pointed out that the firm opened a new branch at Muhandseen District in 1995.
He assured that a big number of artists such as Um Kulthum, Abdel Haleem Hafez, Fayzah Ahmed, Laylah Taher and Laylah Murad came to visit shops of Shafiq Ghali.
He revealed that Om Kulthum went to Shafiq Ghali shops at Saghah in Al Moeez Street to pick a brooch made by the famous jeweler which she knew of it from other artists.
Om Kulthum rarely goes to jewelers’ shops but jewelers go to her villa to offer her what is novel on the market.
Sherif Raouf Ghali said that he and his cousins taught principles, values and ethics from their father as the craft was inherited its ethics were also inherited.
Time of the craft changes as everything changes in Egypt.
He added that technology changes features of the craft and market.
Gold prices changes many times during the day although the price changes in past only one time per day.
He mentioned that newspaper were the most important means to know the price of gold but the situation changes now and the price becomes Instantaneous and being known by specialized websites and pages of the companies of social media platforms and mobile applications.
He indicated that craft is inherited so they transmit it to sons to complete the career of Ghali family afterwards.
Translated by Ahmed Moamar