My upbringing was very Old Fashioned, Growing up around the trade "knee high to a grass hopper" has helped me with different skills over the years - to aid in my learning and understanding of different types of trade, skills - both life + trade from the age of 13 I started to work for a family friend whom took me on as an apprentice. I have always adored Old over New. Craftsmanship of time gone by, working with your own two hands and tools of the time have always appealed to me.
Officially i started 'on shop floor' in a Retail Jewellers just before my 13th Birthday, whereupon returning home from boarding school I spent my first few holidays sitting with a shredding machine for old documents to be disposed of.
We sold Antique and Modern Gold/Platinum Jewellery, alongside that - we had a workshop for repairs where I gained a lot of hands on experience. That first Christmas was very busy on shop floor and I would wrap gifts and adjust watch bracelets. Christmas Eve came and I sold my first piece of Jewellery - an 18ct Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring.
Through my efforts for the next year I gained the offer for apprenticeship -
To start after my O' Levels - which I gladly accepted, studying Both in London and Birmingham - The Jewellery Trade Quarter in Birmingham is a Must see, with a working museum of the old skills, the cobbled lanes of Jewellers still with windowed workshops - so you can watch the Jewellers making and repairing Jewellery.
Within my time in the trade I have managed Wholesale and Retail, flown around Europe on buying trips and met amazing and inspiring people along the way. Along with the help of family in both Australia and the UK this led me to creating my own Jewellery In 2002. Everyday something different appears which has led me to learn new skills, part of which has led me to Repair Antique Jewellery, my workshop is surrounded by rolling hills of life and wildlife in the Beautiful County of Somerset, UK.