Posted October 01, 2022 |
Eleanor Hawke’s favourite part of the job is presenting clients with their new item of jewellery and seeing the joy in their faces.
Works at: Abrecht Bird Jewellers. Melbourne VIC
Years in trade: 12 years
Training: Apprenticeship at NMIT
Other Qualifications: Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Engineering
Diamonds, specifically champagne diamonds.
18-carat gold, yellow and white gold. Great metals to work with, I love including contrasting colours in my work.
Jewellers saw. I love saw piercing intricate designs in my work.
Best new tool discovery:
Best part of job:
Presenting clients with their new item of jewellery and seeing the joy in their faces.
Worst part of job:
Dropping gemstones and tiny pieces of metal on the floor. Searching forever!
Best tip from a jeweller:
If a job looks complicated and daunting as a whole, break it down into smaller components. Everything is made up of shapes that appear more complex than they are.
Best tip to a jeweller:
Never stop learning and trying new techniques. Keep an open mind to new ideas.
Biggest health concern on the bench:
Breathing in the polishing dust and chemical fumes.
Love jewellery because:
It gives me the opportunity to be artistic and creative. I love the idea of sketching a rough idea for an item of jewellery and watching a simple bar of gold transform into something spectacular.