Goldsmith Richard and his Jewellery Work:
Richard’s interest and innate ability to work with tiny objects developed early on. After leaving school, he attended the London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. Here he attained City & Guilds Level 3 ‘Design & Manufacturing in the Context of Jewellery’. Richard spent a further three years apprenticeship as a ‘Trainee Goldsmith & Jewellery Repairer’. This was at E. J. Wright & Son, a private family run business in St. Albans, Hertfordshire under a Master Goldsmith. There he trained in a workshop specialising in jewellery manufacturing and repair work. He has additionally been trained at both Holts and Russell Lord jewellers in London’s Hatton Garden.
Richard has also worked in the sales areas of High Street jewellers, thus has experience of the consumer side as well. With his inside knowledge of jewellery quality and manufacture, he was in an excellent position to advise customers.
Richard moved to North Devon in 2011 and set up his own jeweller’s workshop. In 2016 he went to live in Portugal, taking his workshop with him. He makes bespoke jewellery, including re-modelling of antique jewellery and creation of new pieces according to client’s specifications or designs.
Richard has gained a reputation for successfully attempting repair work previously declined by High Street jewellers. He has acted as an ‘Outworker’ too, carrying out alterations and repairs in his workshop for other jewellers.
Richard is available for commission work and customer involvement is very welcome.
Many individual pieces, wedding rings, engagement rings and other bespoke celebratory pieces have been created this way.