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My Bench: Budj Jones

BUDJ JONES seldom make mistakes with his favourite tool, starrett dividers.

Works at: Brinkhaus Jewellers, Perth

Age: 60

Years in trade: 30 years

Training: On-the-job training

First job: Peter Meier Goldsmith in 1988

Favourite gemstone:

Tsavorite garnet. That vivid green held me straight away!

Favourite metal:

18-carat yellow gold. It’s quite a forgiving metal.

Favourite tool:

Starrett dividers for precision measuring. I seldom make mistakes with it!

Best new tool discovery:

The laser welder. It creates seamless joins for resizes and gives you the ability to re-set stones, in their mounts, without damaging the stones.

Best part of job:

Stone setting; you’re a step away and the job’s done.

Worst part of job:

Polishing. If you’ve got an apprentice, that’s their job!

Best tip from a jeweller:

I got this advice from the fellow who taught me, Peter Meier: there are no shortcuts. If you make a mistake, knuckle down and re-do it until you get it right.

Best tip to a jeweller:

Stand up and stretch!

Biggest health concern on the bench:

The polishing dust.

Love jewellery because:

In this industry, we’re catering to future promises. You agree to make something beautiful for the client and to see their joy [when it’s finished], that’s wonderful.




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Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 03:28pm
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