Having finally hung up the chalk after a very long teaching career, my new career is: travelling, blogging and writing from the beautiful northern end of the NSW coast.
You can read about my progress at www.maureendurney.com
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Published July 14th 2016
Because Diamonds Really Are A Girl's Best Friend
When was the last time you checked that stash of old jewellery in the bottom drawer? Is that gold bracelet that you never wear still sitting there, alone and forgotten, along with the gold charms that you never did get around to adding to your charm bracelet; are charm bracelets even fashionable now? Well, you could take it all down to one of those stalls in the mall that buy gold, but you know you won't get much for it.
Or you could let your imagination run wild and design an exotic piece of jewellery that could be made from those old bits and pieces. It could be something that reminds you of a significant time in your life, place you've travelled, or looks like that pendant in the latest edition of your favourite magazine. All you need to do is sketch the piece you're thinking of, take your design and all that old gold down to Rivergem, and let Sean create the magic.
Designing and creating exciting new jewellery is Sean's specialty, but repairs are also high on his list of expertise. Sean recently restored the delicate filigree on a very old ring, returning it to it's original splendour. Now it can be worn again with pride rather than gathering dust in some lonely corner of a long-forgotten jewellery box.
When we search the memories of our past we are likely to find treasures that signified our union to loves that have long since departed. Rings that are now either worn on our smallest finger because they no longer fit on our arthritic ring finger, or are left to languish at the bottom of a drawer, being brought out occasionally for brief moments of nostalgic reminiscence. In Sean's capable hands the old can be new again, and those much-loved rings can once again be worn on the finger on which they were lovingly placed all those years ago.
And for those just starting out on their journey of jewellery collecting, Sean has some very interesting gold and silver items that he sells; jewellery that has been loved and treasured but has outgrown it's owner's taste, or is being moved aside to make way for newer pieces of exquisiteness. Starting your collection with pieces from Sean's treasure trove will save you heaps, compared to similar new pieces in big-name jewellery stores.
While buying online is a popular option, it could be a very costly exercise in relation to gold and/or precious gems. Sean reports that he would be a rich man if he had a dollar for every time he has had to tell a customer that the gold they bought online isn't gold at all, or that expensive diamond is a cheap imitation. Sure it might look good, but that's no consolation for the 'diamond' price they paid.
As a qualified and experienced jeweller, Sean can assure you of the value, quality and authenticity of the pieces he sells. And if the item you have fallen in love with is a little more than you can afford, there might be room for negotiation; you just have to ask.
His customers are important to Sean and he works hard to produce an outstanding product in the shortest time. The workmanship on repairs and designs is exceptional, and the list of very happy customers is growing quickly. Not only have locals discovered the unique talent of this dedicated jeweller, but a growing number of customers are making the trek from further afield, now that word is out about the quality of workmanship that can be expected at Rivergem.
But the most surprising thing about Rivergem is how affordable the creations and repairs are, especially if you can supply that old gold band or pendant to be used in the process. Rings that have worn thin over the years can be made strong again; strong enough to last another lifetime.
Unique work from local artists is also available at Rivergem
Doing business with Sean is a pleasure from start to finish because he makes sure that you leave with the precious item that you envisaged when you trusted the project to him. Having someone you can trust takes the worry out of repairing your old gold, silver and gems, or creating the new exquisite piece you've always wanted. Talk to Sean about your jewellery ideas, and let him turn your dream into reality.