Aurum of Jersey

Aurum of Jersey

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

2 Charing Cross St Helier Jersey JE2 3RP Channel Islands

Biography:

At Aurum of Jersey, our craft is our passion, quality is our byword. We are a family run business,spanning two generations,started in 1968 by owner Richard Blampied, and we are passionate about designing and creating fine, unique and exciting jewellery in gold, platinum and silver, using beautiful diamonds and exquisite coloured gemstones. The beauty and landscape of Jersey, the island where our business and its workshop are based, as well as abundant time spent in Europe and further afield, has consistently provided inspiration and spurred us on to create new collections and individual pieces using the gemstones we have painstakingly sourced in our travels. With a wealth of gemmological knowledge, we create pieces which maximise each stone's distinctive beauty. We are a blend of traditional techniques and modern outlooks, elegantly simple and intriguingly detailed. 1968- A small workshop was set up undertaking small commissions and repairs. 1971- Premises were expanded to add a retail outlet and our workshop was enlarged to increase commission work. 1982-Commissioned by The Coombe Trust to make a sterling silver scale model of HMS Victory, which was displayed for some years in the Nelson Room at Lloyds of London. 1984-1993- Further expansions were made to the retail showroom and workshop which now employs 6 fully qualified craftsmen and women at the bench. 1989- Commissioned by the States of Jersey to make a scaled down replica of the Bailliff's Mace of the Royal Court, in sterling silver gilt, which was presented to HM Queen Elizabeth on her visit to the island. 1991- Richard Blampied was honoured to be made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Freeman of the City of London. 2005- We launched our first collection of 30 unique handmade pieces, now undertaken as an annual project. 1974-2011- We have trained 3 apprentices in full 5 year apprenticeships.

Specialist Techniques:

Designing (by hand) Goldsmithing Silversmithing Laser welding Wax carving Model making Microscope gem setting Gold and rhodium plating

Awards:

2011-2012-Finalist in the bi-annual HRD Awards for a black and white diamond wearable Chess set . (The chess pieces are all rings) 2009-Commended Award from the Goldsmiths' Company Craftsmanship and Design Awards for a Tanzanite and Diamond pendant in the Fine Jewellery 3D design section. 2008-Winner of the Lonmin Design Innovation Award for a platinum, tanzanite and diamond set pendant. 2006-Double Winner of the Lonmin Design Innovation Award for a platinum and diamond ring and a platinum and black and white diamond necklet. 1996-Finalist in the De Beers Diamonds International Awards for an ebony, yellow gold and diamond cuff.

Education:

Amongst our craftsmen and women we have a wealth of experience. All our craftspeople have undertaken full apprenticeships in goldsmithing or setting and between them have worked in the jewellery centres of London's Hatton Garden, Pforzheim in Germany, Italy and South Africa. Two of our team are Fellows of the Gemmological Association (F.G.A) with two more currently studying for the second part of this qualification. Richard Blampied-owner and goldsmith. Four year apprenticeship in Pforzheim, Germany, qualified as Jewelen Goldschmeide (Goldsmith) 1968 Two year diamond setting course, Pforzheim, Germany, Jewelen Fasser (Diamond setter) 1968 Julie Blampied-goldsmith Four year apprenticeship in Pforzheim, Germany, qualified as Jewelen Goldschmeide (Goldsmith) 1996 F.G.A qualified 1998 Alexa Blampied -designer Four year course in Jewellery,Silversmithing and Allied crafts at Sir John Cass College, London. 1985 Two years working as a designer for a well known firm in Hatton Garden. Three years working and studying design in Vicenza, Italy. .1988-1991 Derek Uren-goldsmith Five year apprenticeship in Hatton Garden, qualified goldsmith in 1980 One year employed as goldsmith in Australia. F.G.A qualified 1980

Exhibitions:

2005- Launch of new, exclusive jewellery collection at the Soho Hotel, London 2005- 2014- Annual exhibition of new production bespoke jewellery collections at Aurum Jewellers, Jersey 2014- Jewellery Show London at the Saatchi Gallery.


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    Demeter earrings

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    Dessa earrings

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    Neon Spring pendant

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    In-Spired cufflinks

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    Chameleon rings

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    Enigma earrings

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    Viridian brooch

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    Winter's Night pendant

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    Snake Bite ring

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    Casablanca earrings

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    Caprice ring

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    Carnival ring

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    Seeker of the Sun Bangle

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