My favourite must be a diamond. Nothing shines as bright as a diamond. Each facet acts as a mirror and bounces the rays of light back to the viewer creating that sparkle. They are the perfect gemstone to work with.
Platinum. I love the feeling of working with platinum, and the bright colour of the metal when it is polished.
Handpiece. It is the tool that I use most, especially when setting diamonds.
Best new tool discovery:
Gravermax. I have just started using this tool, it is so useful especially when setting diamonds and engraving.
Best part of job:
Bringing a client’s dream jewellery piece to life.
Worst part of job:
Eyes getting strained when spending long hours on the bench.
Best tip from a jeweller:
In the jewellery trade there is something to learn every day, even when you have been working in the trade for a very long time.
Best tip to a jeweller:
When starting out make sure you have a good role model to teach you the skills in the trade. From there try to spend as much time as possible practicing and perfecting each skill in creating various types of jewellery.
Biggest health concern on the bench:
Sitting down for a long number of hours without much movement, so it’s crucial to do some daily exercise after work.
Love jewellery because:
It’s my passion. When growing up I always saw my father creating jewellery and this always intrigued me. I used to sit on his bench and play around with the tools. From the first time I started working with my father, I knew this was my passion. I love the concept of bringing a client’s jewellery piece to reality.