Alicja Zaleszczyk FGA DGA

Gemmologist & Designer

What do you do at Holts?

Jewellery designer and gemmologist.

What special skills do you bring to Holts?

Giving advice on the practicalities of customer’s ideas for jewellery and helping them visualise those by producing technical drawings. Testing gemstones to reveal their identity and where possible if they have undergone any treatments.  

If you could design & make jewellery for any one person, who would it be and why?

Elizabeth Taylor, because she loved jewellery and I would get to work with the most amazing gemstones.

What’s your favourite gemstone?

Different every week, red spinel maybe?

Anna Williamson FGA

Gemmologist & Designer

What do you do at Holts Gems?

Jewellery design, gemstone testing and jewellery valuations. 

What special skills do you bring to Holts?

Unique design inspiration gained via my travels around the world - I am from New Zealand.

If you could design & make jewellery for any one person, who would it be and why?

Stevie Nicks. I love the evolution of her style through the years (and her music!). I'd love to design a piece of jewellery for her.

What’s your favourite gemstone?

Spinel and tourmaline, they come in such lovely colours. And any gemstone that has interesting or unusual inclusions, can't choose just one!

Lily Reynolds

Trainee Gemmologist & Advisor

What do you do at Holts Gems?

Trainee gemmologist and jewellery advisor, I help clients to find jewellery and gemstones by providing gem and jewellery guidance and advice. I also write insurance valuations for jewellery, deal with trade enquiries and online orders, liaise between shopfloor and lapidary workshop and help oversee the general smooth-running of our shop. 

What special skills do you bring to Holts?

I love to spend time with clients looking for a special piece of jewellery or gemstone that looks great on them and that they can wear with pride and confidence. I will give my advice about what suits someone, and sometimes even get them to consider something they never would have had the confidence to wear before.

If you could design & make jewellery for any one person, who would it be and why?

Elizabeth Taylor, because you could really use your imagination and give your creativity free roam, and she’d always pull it off. 

What's your favourite gemstone?

Watermelon tourmaline, preferably a slice. Or a diamond slice. Any kind of slice. 

What’s your ‘top tip’ for customers?

If you have no idea what you’re looking for, we will of course help you find the perfect piece, but it can be quite overwhelming having so many options so do a little research before coming in.

Designer & Shop Management

Debbie

What do you do at Holts?

Shopfloor management as well as Pearl and Bead Stringing

What special skills do you bring to Holts:

Super Multitasking – I can string and manage the shop floor activities

If you could make jewellery for any one person, who would it be and why:

Coco Channel, because she knows how to wear pearls with class and elegance

What is your favourite gemstone:

Spinels

What’s your ‘top tip’ for customers:

Have your most precious pearls re-strung every 2 - 5 years to keep them in top condition