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My Bench: Laurie Moffatt

AUGUST SPOTLIGHT:
Laurie Moffatt loves Sapphire because of the variety of colour.
Laurie Moffatt


Works at: Laurence Moffatt Manufacturing Jewellers, Sydney NSW

Age: 64

Years in trade: 47 years

Training: 4-year apprenticeship

First job: Bernard Lowry Jewellers, 1973

Other qualifications: Diploma in Gemmology

SIGNATURE PIECE:
 
GOLD HOLLOW BANGLE
PRIVATE COMMISSION

This 18-carat gold bangle was commissioned by a client to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary. The design was based on a costume jewellery bangle she owned. I love out-of-the-box commissions and also restoring Australian antique pieces. These have included gold brooches presented to the famous Spanish dancer Lola Montes, to silver emu-topped claret jugs, emu eggs and centrepieces made by notable Australian silversmiths of the 19th Century.

Favourite gemstone:

Sapphire because of the variety of colour, durability, and that Australia is a great natural source of it.

Favourite metal:

18-carat yellow gold because of its malleability, depth of colour and hue, and it is a pleasure to deal with!

Favourite tool:

An Italian saw bought at the start of my apprenticeship, which allows you to cut out a baguette setting or more intricate designs.

Best new tool discovery:

My coffee machine! Otherwise, it would be the best linear engine turning lathe. 

It was manufactured by George Plant & Son in England and has been unsurpassed for hundreds of years.

Best part of job:

Simply sitting and creating.

Worst part of job:

Polishing!

Best tip from a jeweller:

Simplistic designs often work out the best.

Best tip to a jeweller:

One of the most important elements of the job is communication and understanding between you and your clients.

Biggest health concern on the bench:

The back – definitely the back!

Love jewellery because:

Of its challenges and the way it helps you to discover your abilities.

 

 

 











Jesse-Leigh Elford Photography
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