Palmy jewellers proves real gem
JEWELLERS Workshop Gallery Palm Beach is often asked if it deals in "conflict diamonds".
Co-owner Robert Brotchie always replies emphatically, "everything we do is certified conflict-free diamond, and we obtain no stones via blackmarket sources".
The World Diamond Council defines conflict diamonds as rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance wars aimed at undermining governments.
"How we approach things is very much between us and the client, and there's quite a diversity around what customers want," Mr Brotchie said. "We specialise in rare and coloured gems and, though we do diamonds, everyone's after exotics - different colours and shapes."
He said Gold Coast customers' tastes did not necessarily differ from those of his native Sydney, where he spent 30 years.
Partner Guy Abrahamsson said new stones were constantly entering the market and Jewellers Workshop used the diversity of products to do the same to its image. "We push coloured gem stones and untreated coloured diamonds. We do things with hardwood - rings, pendants, you name it, while most other jewellers bring pre-made stuff in to sell," Mr Abrahamsson said.
Their hardwood products were yet another example of their responsible business practices, he said.
"We use old-growth burl stumps which are dragged out of the forest and cut up. It wears really well," Mr Brotchie said.
"Plus, given that we recycle so much metal, it's quite a sustainable business."
Phone them on 5598 4811 or visit Suite 2, 2 Phillipine Pde Palm Beach.