The ordinary alchemist turning old into new – with a little help
With a lot of jewellery designed on computers and mass-produced using wax models, much of the old fashioned romance of the trade has been lost.
But Ian Brookes and David Everett, Directors of EverettBrookes Jewellers, share a passion for handcrafting one of a kind pieces.
“Jewellery has been made for thousands of years and we’re essentially using the same tools – hammers, files, saws,” Ian Brookes says.
“I know when I’m siting here filing away this metal, 2,000 years ago in Egypt somebody was doing a very similar thing.”
Located in Adelaide, South Australia, they are also the only jewellers in the country who invite customers to get their hands dirty and become part of the making process.
They honour the sentimentality jewellery holds as much as the aesthetic of the piece, learning about their customer’s story and unearthing the details that will shape the final design.
Stories Well Told captured the story of Matthew Ryan who is helping to remould his wife Kelly’s engagement and wedding rings for their 20th anniversary, using the original yellow gold and diamond blended with new materials.
“His kids and grandkids in the future can say ‘well this ring’s a bit more special now’,” David Everett says.
“It’s not about the diamonds or anything else, this has been made by a family member, it’s untouchable.”
Video edit by Ellie Cooper