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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

november SPOTLIGHT
David HOLLANDERS

Wild Trout Jewellers  •  Sydney, NSW

• Age: 53
• Years in trade: 37 years
• TrainingDiploma in Jewellery Manufacture from Bradford & Ilkley College, Yorkshire.
• First jobGoldsmithing apprenticeship at Roy’s Jewellers, Lancashire in 1983.

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT
Ryan Haddrell

Clayfield Jewellers  •  Brisbane, QLD

• Age: 42
• Years in trade: 25 years
• Training: Four-year apprenticeship, and 21 years of learning every day.
• First job: Hungry Jacks kitchen hand! My first job in the jewellery trade was as an apprentice training under Mal Gray at Richardson’s Jewellers, then Doug Morris Jewellers shortly after.                                           

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT
LAURIE MOFFATT

Laurence Moffatt Manufacturing Jewellers  •  Sydney, NSW

• Age: 64
• Years in trade: 47 years
• Training: 4-year apprenticeship
• First job: Bernard Lowry Jewellers, 1973                                              

JULY SPOTLIGHT
MATTHEW ALEXANDER CROOKS

Matthew Alexander Jeweller  •  Brisbane QLD

• Age: 29
• Years in trade: 9 years
• Training: TAFE, Other Qualifications Certificate III in Business Management
• First job: Peter Gordon Jeweller

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  •  Melbourne VIC

• 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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