Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Nelson's Jewel Beetle celebrates 10th birthday

Nelson's Jewel Beetle celebrates 10th birthday


They’ve survived fluctuating gold prices, slow sales during the global financial crisis and juggling their hours to deal with the arrival of new babies - this month Nelson jewellers, Yvon Smits and Allison Judge are proud to celebrate their tenth anniversary in business.

Jewel Beetle is known for bespoke wedding and engagement rings, but also produces a range of critters: dragonflies, bees, beetles, kiwi, geese, dogs, cats and once a whole bracelet of animal charms ordered by a visiting farmer.

The name comes from incandescent jewel beetle, highly prized by collectors with shining bodies that were worn as jewellery in ancient times, and the beetle related charms created at the Nelson workshop attract niche fans: “Entomologists are fascinated. They see our sign and can’t help themselves – they have to come up the stairs to see what we do.”

The two business partners say a big factor in the success of their ten-year business partnership is that they both understand the challenges faced by working mums.

“When we started my youngest child was only four, but sharing the business meant I could spend time with my family,” Yvon says. “Now it’s Alli’s turn to spend less time at the workbench and more time with her young children – we think the combination makes us better mums because we have a creative outlet.”

The pair met through a mutual friend and initially Alli rented bench space in Yvon’s workshop. However, in 2004, they heard the upstairs space at 240 Trafalgar Street was vacant, ‘semi-joked with each other’ that they could make it work, and Jewel Beetle was born.

Most of Jewel Beetle’s work is by commission and although Yvon and Alli have very different styles, their classical training and solid design advice helps customers select the right piece.

“I think because we are women, and we wear jewellery, people feel comfortable working alongside us,” says Yvon. “When people buy jewellery made especially for them, the experience lasts a lot longer than just going to a shop and buying something.”

Yvon and Allison are both fully trained manufacturing jewelers and between them have 48 years of experience. Yvon trained as a goldsmith at the Vakschool, Schoonhoven in the Netherlands, while Alison is a graduate of the Kent Institute of Art and Design in the UK. Both women have lived in New Zealand since the 1990s.


End

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Bad Day For Rope: Donaghys Job Losses Another Blow To Dunedin

The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. More>>

ALSO:

Oil: 2014 New Zealand Petroleum Summit

Simon Bridges: Our abundance of energy and minerals resources provides us with unique opportunities to build the New Zealand economy.

Over the past three years the Government has made significant changes to how the sector is regulated. More>>

ALSO:

WWF Report: Solutions In Reach; World Biodiversity Suffers Major Decline

Global wildlife populations have declined by more than half in just 40 years as measured in WWF's Living Planet Report 2014. Wildlife's continued decline highlights the need for sustainable solutions to heal the planet... More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Catches Breath After "Goldilocks" Slump

The New Zealand dollar edged up following its dramatic slump yesterday after the Reserve Bank confirmed speculation it intervened in the currency market last month and PM John Key suggested a “Goldilocks” level far lower than at present. More>>

ALSO:

Biosecurity: Kiwifruit Claim To Hold Officials Accountable For Psa

Kiwifruit growers have joined forces to hold Biosecurity NZ accountable in the courts for its negligence in allowing 2010’s Psa outbreak that devastated New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry and exports. Foundation claimants representing well ... More>>

ALSO:

Poison: Anglers Advised Not To Eat Trout In 1080 Areas

With the fishing season opening in just a few days (1 October 2014), anglers are being warned by the Department of Conservation(DOC) not to eat trout from pristine backcountry waters and their downstream catchments, where the department is conducting 1080 poisoning operations. More>>.

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news