“Having a great love for anything creative from a young age, I always knew that I wanted to make beautiful things that would transcend time and become someone’s treasure.”
Initially trained in South Africa, I gained my Jewellery Manufacturing and Design Diploma at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. Following graduation, I was fortunate enough to become an apprentice at an established designer jeweller and this is where I discovered the exciting world of Bespoke. Simultaneously, I was approached to teach jewellery design at a private jewellery school and it is in doing this that I learnt to fully appreciate the understanding of design concepts and the balance of form.
With a desire to broaden my skills, I came to England and started work in London repairing antiques and remodelling old pieces into something more modern and fashionable, whilst at all times maintaining its integrity. I furthered my education at the Sir John Cass Faculty at The Metropolitan University in London gaining my City and Guilds qualifications. I advanced my training in Diamond Mounting, Stone Setting and Jewellery Design. This proved to be invaluable as I learnt “old school” techniques not to mention many “tricks of the trade” from craftsmen that have honed their skills through their years, some of whom used to work for Aspreys and Cartier.
Working for 11 years as the Resident Diamond Mounter for a well-established retail jeweller in Hatton Garden, the Jewellery centre of London, saw me accumulating my knowledge in creating “One-off” commission pieces alongside some of the most skilled tradesmen in the business. Here I learnt the art of ‘communicating’ with clients, thus enabling me to understand and bring to life their ideas.
Keeping up to date with technology and seeing the potential that CAD CAM (Computer aided Design and Manufacture) could offer the independent jeweller, I decided to train and incorporate this into my skill-set. I find this method exciting and invaluable in creating pieces that handmade technique are limited doing.
Concentrating on jewellery design saw me acquire 3 national awards, gaining recognition by my peers and receiving press acclaim. May 2016 saw the opening of Navette Jewellery Studio, where clients could come meet me in my workshop and see first hand how jewellery is made. Forever enjoying the complete process of interpreting the clients wishes into designs and then creating each piece, has seen me specialise on bespoke and remodeling pieces these past few years. Much focus has been on establishing a reputable business and I have seen it grow from strength to strength. Loving what I do more than ever.
I am a firm believer in good craftsmanship and with years of training and experience I am able to create that special piece of jewellery which will be treasured forever.
The Studio also offers “Make your own Wedding rings” day workshop on site with my guidance throughout the day.