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My Bench: David Hollanders

MAY SPOTLIGHT:
David Hollanders reflects his enduring fascination with jewelry making.
 
David Hollanders
Wild Trout Designer Jewellers, Sydney, NSW

 


SIGNATURE PIECE:

(GOLD AND DIAMOND BANGLE)
(PRIVATE COMMISSION)

 

This bangle was a labour of love for a special lady who had recently been bereaved, losing the love of her life. The recycled gold used was hers, and the diamonds came from a variety of jewellery pieces that either belonged to her husband or were bought for her by him. I separated the diamonds by colour and pavé set them in sections. She wears it all day, every day and we recently made something similar for her daughter.

FAVOURITE GEMSTONE: I can’t go past the vibrancy of a beautiful ruby.

FAVOURITE METAL: 18-carat yellow gold. What’s not to love about a simple alloy that is both a pleasing colour and is very accommodating?

FAVOURITE TOOL: 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 THE JOB: Pleasing people.

WORST PART OF THE JOB: Quoting.

BEST TIP FROM A JEWELLER: Do it once, do it right.

BEST TIP TO A JEWELLER: Do it once, do it right!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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