About Jewellerybybarrie and me.
Ok maybe not quite that long ago. But at least some time.
Lets say early 1978. I was 15 and things were good, I had a place at Uxbridge Technical College to go to for an Art foundation course. So you could say I’d worked out where I was headed.
Unfortunately sometimes life digs little holes in the road. I was due to take my CSE in Metalwork and my teacher decided I was good enough to make something in Silver. So I designed a small set of cufflinks in the shape of skate boards. While working on these, unknown to me the school careers office had been looking at me, with a view to finding me a job.
I merrily went off to the Central London careers office in Tottenham Court Road with my mum and gran. I went for my interview while they went shopping! Had as I can remember an interesting conversation about working in the Jewellery Trade. They would be in touch.
A week or so later I had a couple of interviews lined up. The first in a large manufacturing shop near Moorfields Eye Hospital and the other one in Hatton Garden.
Hatton garden it was going to be. I started work in July 1978 in a small workshop called Michael & Nayman on the 4th floor of Edney House 46 Hatton Garden. There were six of us in total. I was the polisher, probably the worst job of the lot, but you had to start at the bottom.
We worked for some of the major retailers of the time. Remember Ratners, James Walker, Sanders and lots of other retailers. On a good day there would be around 500 ring sizes, 1000 plus charms to solder to bracelets and umpteen chain repairs. As well as remodels, new items and the odd ‘special’ which is something I will cover later on.
1982. Jewellerybybarrie was born. I worked at my day job and also repaired Jewellery fora lot of local business's, as well as for a couple of TV companies, the occassional film and an odd Royal or two.
Ive been working in this trade for all of my life and have enjoyed every moment and will continue to do so until I retire.
In the late 1980's I made Jewellery for a leading Jewellery company with branches all over the world.
In 2005 I made Jewellery for a group of fans of a leading Fantasy author. This jewellery followed a Gothic and Fantasy bent.
I made a large range of Jewellery all in Sterling Silver, with Pendants, Pins, Earrings and a Charm Bracelet with over 40 charms on.
Some designs were suggested by the fans, some by and for other merchandisers and even a couple by the author himself.
I have made Jewellery for Film, TV and some very famous people, the odd Royal and lots of perfectly normal people.
I now live on Englands South Coast in lovely Shoreham-by-sea. I walk the beach and the town looking for inspiration. I use items found along the sea shore and interesting crystals and stones purchased from many different sources. I’m not afraid to try new things but, with my long experience you know that each piece will be well made and give years of pleasure.
And thats me posing in my workshop a couple of years ago.