My upbringing was very Old Fashioned, I have always adored Old over New. Craftmanship of time gone by, working with your own two hands and tools of the time have always appealed to me. Growing up in a small village where everybody new one another and helped one another aided in my start within a trade that made my future my passion through and through.
I started 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. 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.
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.
Through my efforts for the next year I gained an offer for apprenticeship to start after my Gcse's which I gladly accepted. I studied with the National Association of Goldsmiths in London and gained 'Professional Jewellers Diploma'
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 which 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.