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My Bench: Meet Australia's Bench Jewellers

While their artisan skills and creations are often awe-inspiring, bench jewellers are generally hidden away in the backrooms creating fine jewellery … that is until now.

2020

JUNE SPOTLIGHT
Richelle perks

Stephen Dibb Jewellery  •  Brisbane QLD

• Age: 29
• Years in trade: 8 years
• Training: Four-year apprenticeship began in 2012 at Goldleaf Enterprises
• First job: Goldleaf Enterprises

APRIL SPOTLIGHT
Steve Pallas

Steve Pallas Bespoke Jewellery  •  Sydney NSW

• Age: 36
• Years in trade: 19 years
• Training: No formal training, I learnt from my father and previous business partner
• First job: Diamond Affaire

MARCH SPOTLIGHT
ZOË POOK

Zoë Pook Jewellery  •  Sydney NSW

• Age: 46
• Years in trade: 15 years
• Training: Higher National Certificate in Silversmithing & Jewellery from university in London, plus learning the tricks of the trade from two London jewellers
• First job: Ben Day Jewellery

february SPOTLIGHT
MATTHEW ELY

Matthew Ely Jewellery  •  Sydney

• Age: 33
• Years in trade: 15 years
• Training: TAFE, and a year of study in London
• First job: York Jewellers

 

 

2019

DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT
NATALIE HANDLING

Fairfax & Roberts, Sydney NSW

 Years in trade: 29 years
• Training: Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London, six years
• First job: Paragon Jewellers, London, 1996

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT
GARY MOURADJALLIAN

King Street Design  •  Sydney NSW

• Age: 54
• Years in trade: 39 years
• Training: Six months at TAFE, then dropped out. The rest self-taught and experience
• First job: Started King Street Design with my brother Alan

SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT
GARY THYREGOD

Gary Thyregod Jewellery  •  Sydney NSW

• Age: 57
• Years in trade: 40 years
• Training: Sydney Technical College, four-year apprenticeship
• First job: Henning Molgaard, 1979

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT
HAGOP BARSOUMIAN

Jaxette Diamond Setting  •  Ultimo NSW

• Age: 36
• Years in trade: 20 years
• Training: Raphael Jewellery
• First job: Martin Manufacturing Jewellery, 2001

july SPOTLIGHT
stephen dickins

London Court  •  Perth

• Age: 56
• Years in trade: 40 years
• Training4.5-year apprenticeship, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Trade Certificate
• First job: Max Wilson Jewellers in Palmerston North, New Zealand

june SPOTLIGHT
alan linney

Linneys  •  Perth

• Age: 68
• Years in trade: 53 years
• TrainingSix-year apprenticeship and a year of gemmological studies
• First job: Ron Brown, a manufacturing jeweller

may SPOTLIGHT
THOMAS MEIHOFER

Thomas Meihofer Jewellery Design  •  Perth

• Age: 58
• Years in trade: 31 years
• Training: Apprenticeship in Switzerland
• First job: Carlo Pagani Goldsmith

april SPOTLIGHT
DAVID MURPHY

David Murphy Jewellers  •  Perth

• Age: 57
• Years in trade: 40 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Ringcraft Jewellers, 1978

march SPOTLIGHT
BUDJ JONES

Brinkhaus Jewellers  •  Perth

• Age: 60
• Years in trade: 30 years
• TrainingOn-the-job training
• First job: Peter Meier Goldsmith in 1988

february SPOTLIGHT
MARTIN LOVELL

Lovells Jewellery Studio  •  Western Australia

• Age: 57
• Years in trade: 40 years
• Training: Four-year apprenticeship followed by 39 years of learning
• First job: Clausons Jewellers, Cairns

 

 

2018

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT
DAVID MURPHY 

David Murphy Jewellers  •  Perth

• Age: 57
• Years in trade: 40 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Ringcraft Jewellers in 1978

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT
WILLIAM (BILL) WHITING

Archer & Holland Jewellers  •  Adelaide

• Age: 63
• Years in trade: 47 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: P & LJ Donnelly in 1971

SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT
MARK DRAPER

Bell & Brunt  •  Adelaide

• Age: 39
• Years in trade: 19 years
• TrainingJewellery Design degree at Uni SA/ Trade Jewellery Apprenticeship
• First job: Nicholas Pike Jewellers

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT
CRAIG DODD

Christopher Green Jewellers  •  Adelaide

• Age: 47
• Years in trade: 30 years
• Training: On the job training with a diamond ring maker (John M Roberts) for 15 years
• First job: John M Roberts Jewellers – Started in 1987

july SPOTLIGHT
DAVID MCINTOSH

McIntosh Jewellers  •  Adelaide

• Age: 57
• Years in trade: 40 years
• TrainingTraditional four year apprenticeship
• First job: Prouds Jewellers Adelaide in 1976

june SPOTLIGHT
JON ASHFORD

Charles Rose Jewellers  •  Melbourne

• Age: 56
• Years in trade: 39 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: S. Weintrop & Son, Johannesburg

may SPOTLIGHT
LAURA PIVOVAROFF

Wishart Jewellers  •  Glenelg

• Age: 22
• Years in trade: 6 years
• Training: Certificate III in jewellery manufacture
• Other qualifications: Diploma in Gemmology

april SPOTLIGHT
CHRISTOPHER GREEN

Christopher Green Jewellers  •  Adelaide

• Age: 54
• Years in trade: 37 years
• TrainingOn the job training with a diamond ring maker for fifteen years
• First job: Diamond setter, diamond ring maker, designer, business owner, managing director

march SPOTLIGHT
KOSTA THEOCHARI

MDTdesign  •  Melbourne

• Age: 32
• Years in trade: 16 years
• TrainingCertificate III in jewellery manufacture
• First job: MDTdesign in 2003

february SPOTLIGHT
ALFIE GRYG

Allgem Jewellers  •  Perth

• Age: 53
• Years in trade: 38 years
• Training: Apprenticeship in jewellery manufacturing and opal cutting
• First job: I’ve always worked in the family business, Allgem Jewellers

 

 

2017

DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT
DAN SHADWICK

Shadwick's Fine Jewellery  •  Perth

• Age: 43
• Years in trade: 26 years
• TrainingApprenticeship in manufacturing jewellery and diamond setting
• First job: Wensley's Goldsmiths of Fremantle, under Bob Shadwick

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT
GRAHAM TIGHE

Tighe Jewellery Studio  •  Midland, WA

• Age: 54
• Years in trade: 36 years
• TrainingGoldsmith apprenticeship and a certificate in advanced diamond setting
• First job: Three Castle Jewellers, Ireland

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT
STELIOS PALIOUDAKIS

Stelios Jewellers  •  Perth

• Age: 36
• Years in trade: 20 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Milton Boston Jewellers

SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT
LAUREN CUMMING

Jewellery by Lauren  •  Adelaide

• Age: 32
• Years in trade: 11 years
• TrainingBachelor of Technology
• First job: Haskins Manufacturing Jewellers, South Africa

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT
PAUL HOGAN

Hofstays House of Diamonds/Hogans Family Jewellers  •  Brisbane

• Age: 57
• Years in trade: Too many!
• Training: Apprenticeship
• First job: Hogans Family Jewellers

july SPOTLIGHT
ALAN LINNEY

Linneys  •  Perth

• Age: 67
• Training: Apprenticeship
• First job: Ron Brown (trade jeweller)

june SPOTLIGHT
FERDINAND WOOLLEY

FW Jewellers  •  Brisbane

• Age: 42
• Years in trade: 24 years
• TrainingCertificate III in jewellery manufacture, as well as sitting next to talented jewellers
• First job: J&C Jewellery Gallery

may SPOTLIGHT
DEAN HARRISON

Ringleaders  •  Brisbane

• Age: 47
• Years in trade: 31 years
• Training: Apprenticeship
• Other qualifications: The Tom Menzies Jewellers, Newcastle

april SPOTLIGHT
MARION SCHWEITZER

Marion Schweitzer Jewellers  •  Brisbane

• Age: Don't be silly; never ask a woman her age
• Years in trade: A long time
• TrainingJewellery Apprenticeship, FGAA
• First job: A local manufacturing jeweller based in Brisbane, QLD

march SPOTLIGHT
HAMPAR ARZUMAN

Baguette Diamond Setting  •  Australia

• Age: 47
• Years in tradeA long time! More than 30 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First jobThe Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

february SPOTLIGHT
WAYNE PICKUP

W & V Jewellers  •  Australia

• Age: 69
• Years in trade: 52 years
• Training: Apprenticeship
• First job: Ringcraft (Malcolm O'Hara)

 

 

2016

DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT
KEVIN BAHAR 

Diamond Rings Internationale  •  Melbourne

• Age: 54
• Years in trade: 48 years
• TrainingDiamond setting apprenticeship
• First job: A diamond setting workshop in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT
VICK NACKASHIAN

Vick Nackashian Fine Jewellery  •  Melbourne

• Age: 43
• Years in trade: 24 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Ken Gray Design

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT
IAN MURRAY

Ellissi  •  Melbourne

• Age: If I told you I would have to kill you
• Years in trade: 36 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Gemcraft Jewellers (UK)

SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT
PHILIP STEEL

Philip Steel Jeweller  •  Adelaide

• Age: 31
• Years in trade: 48 (too many!)
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: E Katz Manufacturing Jewellers

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT
FRANK ATHANASOPOULOS

Timeless Gold Jewellery  •  Melbourne

• Age: 42
• Years in trade: 24 years
• Training: Apprenticeship
• First job: Oscar Jewellery Manufacturing

july SPOTLIGHT
JAMES TYLER

James Tyler Jewellery  •  Brisbane

• Age: 46
• Years in trade: 30 years
• Training: Apprenticeship
• First job: GJ Coey Manufacturing Jewellers

june SPOTLIGHT
STEPHANIE VELLA

Jewellery by Stephanie  •  Australia

• Age: 31
• Years in trade: 13 years
• TrainingCertificate III in jewellery
• First job: Rob Bennett Jewellery

may SPOTLIGHT
HRATCH GHARIBIAN

AJ Jewellery and Diamond Setter (sole trader)  •  Sydney

• Age: 54
• Years in trade: 40+ years
• Training: Jewellery apprenticeship
• Other qualifications: Jeweller in Beirut, Lebanon

april SPOTLIGHT
OK JIN JANG

Jang's Jewellery  •  Sydney

• Age: 61
• Years in trade: 15
• TrainingCertificate III in jewellery manufacture at Design Centre Enmore and apprenticeship
• First job: Primo Jewellery, 2003

march SPOTLIGHT
BRETT STEWART

Brett Stewart Jeweller  •  Melbourne

• Age: 36
• Years in trade18
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Rod Groves Jewellery, 1997

february SPOTLIGHT
JEFF CROSS

JMX Jewellery  •  Victoria

• Age: 56
• Years in trade: 40+ years
• Training: Apprenticeship
• First job: Emil Braun

 

 

2015

DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT
PAUL BLIGH

Peter W Beck  •  Ottoway

• Age: 44
• Years in trade: 27 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Apprentice at a jeweller in Blackwood, SA

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT
DAVID MANSFIELD

David Mansfield Jewellers  •  Melbourne

• Age: 45
• Years in trade: 27 years
• TrainingApprenticeship
• First job: Jeff Eyles Jewellery, 1988

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT
RAY MCALISTER

McAlister Jewellers  •  Melbourne

• Age: 77
• Years in trade: 62 years
• TrainingApprenticeship and self-taught
• First job: Apprentice diamond setter at Wartmans Diamond setters, 1953

SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT
SARINA CUNNINGHAM

E.A. Drew Manufacturing Jewellers/Sarinel Designer Jewellery  •  Melbourne

• Age: 35
• Years in trade: 13 years
• TrainingApprenticeship at NMIT (now Melbourne Polytechnic)
• First job: Austgold Manufacturing Jewellers

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT
JENNA O'BRIEN

Pilkington Jewellers/Jenna O'Brien Jewellery  •  Melbourne

• Age: 30
• Years in trade: 6 years
• Training: Bachelor of fine art/gold and silversmithing, Advanced diploma of jewellery technology/jewellery design
• First job: Pilkington Jewellers

july SPOTLIGHT
GEOFF BROWN

Geogem  •  Sydney

• Age: 58
• Years in trade: 42 years
• TrainingApprenticeship, Sydney TAFE
• First job: Rhon Rae Productions

june SPOTLIGHT
LINDA SMITH

Emil Braun/Linela Fine Jewellery  •  Melbourne

• Age: 46
• Years in trade: 28 years
• TrainingApprenticeship, complete trade school at Collingwood Technical College
• First job: Silverado Jewellers

may SPOTLIGHT
DIKRAN MANJIAN

Manjian Design Works  •  Sydney

• Age: 35
• Years in trade: 18 years
• Training: Apprenticeship - trained as a jeweller and diamond-setter in both eastern and western styles of manufacturing
• Other qualifications: Gemmologist, FGAA

april SPOTLIGHT
JADE PFEIFFER

Peter W Beck  •  Ottoway

• Age: 35
• Years in trade: 14 years
• TrainingStudied a bachelor of visual arts and a Certificate 4 in Jewellery
• First job: Lone Star Steakhouse

march SPOTLIGHT
VARTAN BAKALIAN

BB Designer Jewellers  •  Newtown

• Age: 32
• Years in trade: 18 years
• TrainingPrivate tutoring from age 14. Apprenticeship at Design Centre Enmore
• First job: Hands-on work with master jeweller

february SPOTLIGHT
SIMON GREW

Grew & Co, Sydney  •  Sydney

• Age: 36
• Years in trade: 18 years
• Training: Apprenticeship, completed 2000
• First job: RJ & CR Pinn

 

 




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