Warren did his apprenticeship at Wellington institution Clements and Holmes, where he completed his training under the expert eye of Gary Chapman. Along with other prominent Wellington jewellers, he learnt how to manufacture all facets of fine jewellery using time-honoured techniques and traditions. He is now well-versed in the jewellery trade, having been a part of it for over 35 years. Here at Jewel you’ll want to talk to Warren about remodelling, complex repairs, and he has an incredible knowledge of and passion for different coloured stones.
Outside of the workshop, you’ll find Warren practising his swing on the golf course, working on restoring his Camaro, or spending quality time with his two teenage sons. If he can escape for a longer time, he’ll be off on a fishing trip or exploring the world.
A printer in a previous life, Kathleen is our behind the scenes person. She does all our admin, advertising, stock ordering, takes the best photos, and generally takes care of everyone.
Kathleen has had a passion for jewellery since she was a child, so it was lucky in love when she met and married Warren. She now has the type of jewellery collection she always dreamed of!
Her other loves include chasing after their two busy boys, reading, swimming, and all aspects of design, art, and painting. Since completing a diploma through The Learning Connexion in Taita in 2014, she continues to take weekend and evening classes to work on her talents and keep the creativity flowing.
Ian also started his career being classically trained in fine handmade jewellery. He was taught by Brian Barrett at Peter Barrett jewellers in central Wellington. Ian has an intuitive understanding of the properties of metals and a love for creating, making him a fantastic jeweller. In 2015 Ian’s nouveau-inspired bangle ‘Aphrodite’ took out first place at the inaugural ‘Nationwide’ Australasian jewellery design awards.
These days when not at the bench, Ian splits his time between teaching yoga, his two grown-up children, and indulging his passion for flight. After spending his summer at the airfield up in Kapiti he has now qualified for solo glider flights. His next goal will be for higher qualifications, hoping to eventually train others to do the same.