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My Bench: Gary Mouradjallian

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT:
Gary Mouradjallian says, "The biggest benefit to being mostly self-taught is learning everything the hard way."
GARY MOURADJALLIAN


Works at: King Street Design, owner

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.

Other qualifications: None

Favourite gemstone:

Opal – every piece is interesting and unique. Especially boulder opals, because they’re often delicate and naturally colourful.

Favourite metal:

Platinum. It’s hard to work with but long lasting.

Favourite tool:

My file as it does the job for lots of things. Best new tool discovery: Laser machine; it makes my job easier for small things and gives me time to work on more labour-intensive jobs.

Best new tool discovery:

Laser machine; it makes my job easier for small things and gives me time to work on more labour-intensive jobs.

Best part of job:

Finishing challenging and different pieces every week, dealing with clients, and receiving ongoing referrals from clients.

Worst part of job:

When a job is not working out correctly.

Best tip from a jeweller:

Sit down and watch and learn. Most of all, practise as much as you can outside of work hours.

Best tip to a jeweller:

Be patient and give yourself time to finish the piece.

Biggest benefit to being mostly self-taught?

Learning everything the hard way, which can be frustrating but very rewarding.

Is your work mostly custom makes or repairs?

Custom makes, however in this trade it pays to look after your customers with repairs.

Love jewellery because:

It’s challenging and creative and I make something new every day.

 

 

 











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Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 10:11pm
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