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My Bench: Stephen Dickins

STEPHEN DICKINS' biggest health concern is his eyes. 

Works at: London Court, Perth

Age: 56

Years in trade: 40 years

Training: 4.5-year apprenticeship, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Trade Certificate

First job: Max Wilson Jewellers in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Favourite gemstone:

I have no real favourite, but I like a top-quality Tanzanite because of the rarity and colour depth. Plus you can get them in a large size. They’re a setter’s nightmare, but worth it!

Favourite metal:

Platinum, because even thought it is the most difficult metal to hand-make with, it pre-polishes brilliantly. You can use hard platinum solder throughout the make.

Favourite tool:

The PUK welding machine. It allows you to set up, move and re-set up pieces knowing they won’t move when soldering.

Best part of job:

The final polishing after many hours of working.

Worst part of job:

It really depends; melting the metal, rolling, soldering, filling, shaping, emering and polishing all have their own obstacles!

Best tip to a jeweller:

Just because you haven’t been shown how to do something, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. I’m self-taught in a lot of things, and I’m always asking questions to improve my skills.

Biggest health concern on the bench:

Eyes. I increase the focus by having many visor headsets available.

Love jewellery because:

The satisfaction I get when I make a close to perfect piece of jewellery. It makes the client happy knowing they will have something that will be passed down through their family.




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