I am so pleased to annouce that I am now an accredited Member of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia.
The Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia is the only professional organisation in Australia with a traditional and comprehensive system of marking precious metal items.
Guild Members' names and marks are permanently recorded, they abide by set standards of material, their work is clearly identified as genuinely made in Australia and the date of manufacture can be recorded.
It's an honour to be accepted.
Opening Hours Monday 14th Dec : 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 15th Dec : 9am to 8pm
Wednesday 16th Dec : 9am to 5pm
Thursday 17th Dec: 9am to 5pm
Friday 18th Dec: 9am to 8pm
Sat 19th Dec: 9am to 5pm
Sun 20th Dec: Closed
Mon 21st Dec: 9am to 8pm
Tues 22nd Dec: 9am to 5pm
Wed 23rd Dec: 9am to 8pm
Thurs 24th Dec: 9am to 5pm (Christmas eve)
Holidays Closed from Christmas Day until Sunday 10th January
Re-opening with normal hours from Monday 11th January
The new signage is up and we are pleased with the result.
Make sure you pop in and let us know what you think!
My wife (Rebecca) and I have been working on something Big for the last 4 months. It's taken a lot of organizing but we are pleased to announce that as of Thursday 22nd July we are moving the workshop to a full-time retail store in Wellington Point. Now you can just drop in with your repairs, questions, orders and custom-make requests.
Currently the shop is an existing Jewellers called "Gorgeous on Main" Shop 2, 370 Main Rd. Our hours will be 9am-5pm weekdays, and 9am-12am Saturdays plus I am still available for after hours appointments.
It will take another week to get the signage in and everything set up properly but I would love for you to come and say hello!
Lately I have been getting a lot of requests to make Engagement rings and/ or Wedding rings out of old gold. For some people, this is a reflection of the current economic climate and for others it's about giving sentimental items another life. It's a great way to cut down on costs by recycling gold, and any semi-precious or precious gems. I've just added a video of a melt and remake of a bangle I did last year that you might like to look at to see how it's done.
I love re-using old jewellery and turning them into something new, however there are things to be aware of.
1. The quality and carat of the gold you have.
2. The amount of gold you have.
I hope that this has helped clear up a few questions about melting down old gold to re-use, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
This second-half of the year has started off with a big emphasis on Engagement rings. I love working with people in planning, designing and making their engagement rings. Whether it's the couple who have come in together knowing exactly what they want or the unsure boyfriend who really doesn't have any idea of where to start and wants to keep it a big surprise, it's one of my favourite requests. I particularly enjoy educating people about rings, stones and metals. The benefits of handmade vs cast - how much more stable the setting is and how it increases the life of the ring; and the different metals available and which one might be best for their lifestyle, work and ring design.
I'm always happy to give an obligation free quote and answer any questions you might have. If you are emailing me - details such as ring size, stone types and size, budget and any pictures of designs you like are very helpful - but if you are not sure about these I can talk you through your options!
Every now and then I come across work from other jewellers that just takes my breath away.
The work by Ford Hallam - is a testament to a master craftsman's abilities to hone techniques, skills and to master metal and materials in a way that is truly inspiring. Ford is a goldsmith that has dedicated himself to the traditional art of Japanese metal &Tosogu & Tsuba Artist (samurai swords and sword fittings). South African, he is actually the only full time traditionally trained tosogu-shi - even in Japan and has been awarded the gold prize in the NBSK shinsaku competition.
If you appreciate fine art, a clever craftsman and beautiful techniques watch his wonderful videos on how he spent 5 months hand carving this amazing tsuba. http://www.fordhallam.com/#!utsushi---in-search-of-katsuhi/cgri
Last month I spent a week in Bangkok, Thailand training some local jewellers on the skills of fine polishing and perfecting the final finish. It was an interesting week for us all - having to use an interpreter to get across sometimes difficult instructions and terms, but it was a lot of fun as well. I enjoyed the local food, a Thai massage or two and traveling to and from work on a scooter. I may have taught the team there some new skills, but I learnt from them too. At times I marveled at their ingenuity - as they had created tools that they could not buy, and was amazed at their way of doing certain techniques - such as setting stones with a hammer and punch; and using a massive blow torch for fine soldering. I've learnt a few new tips and tricks too which I'm already starting to use in my work here.