I can’t go past the vibrancy of a beautiful ruby.
18-carat yellow gold. What’s not to love about a simple alloy that is both a pleasing colour and is very accommodating?
Burnishers – how pleasing it is that two metals rubbed together can give a beautiful reflective finish!
Best new tool discovery:
A few years ago, I discovered computer-assisted design (CAD). To start with it was difficult to learn, but over the years I’ve adapted my traditional skills to this modern medium.
Best part of job:
Worst part of job:
Best tip from a jeweller:
Do it once, do it right.
Best tip to a jeweller:
Set yourself up with a good foundation and build your knowledge.
Biggest health concern on the bench:
Dust is the biggest concern.
Love jewellery because:
It never stops surprising me. I started my apprenticeship in goldsmithing at the age of 16, but I wasn’t ready for the discipline required for the role – and I was given the boot after less than a year! After trying a couple of other jobs, including a trainee stonemason, I decided that I really wanted to pursue my passion in jewellery making.
After graduating from college in 1986, I landed a job at the Diamond Boutique in Maidenhead, Berkshire as a jobbing jeweller, progressing to mounter. Then, under the guidance of Anthony Hilbourne, I gained qualifications in gemmology, diamond grading and diamond setting.
Even today, there is always something new to discover – even though in a busy modern workshop, we rarely get time to step back and reflect!