Roger Dunkin

Roger Dunkin

HEAD OF LAPIDARY & MASTER CRAFTSMAN

WHAT SPECIAL SKILLS DO YOU BRING TO HOLTS?

Oversee and participate in many of the workshop services such as cutting, drilling and carving gemstones. I have also provided lapidary services for celebrities and members of distinguished and royal families.

IF YOU COULD DESIGN & MAKE JEWELLERY FOR ANY ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Why limit it to one person? I would make jewellery for everyone and anyone!

WHAT’S YOUR ‘TOP TIP’ FOR CUSTOMERS?

Forget ‘out with old’; why not just update your jewellery by changing a stone or two.

Jan Huyghe

Jan Huyghe

MASTER LAPIDARY

WHAT DO YOU DO AT HOLTS:

Lapidary – cutting, polishing and carving gemstones

WHAT SPECIAL SKILLS DO YOU BRING TO HOLTS:

Multi-tasking, in any one day I am faceting, drilling, carving and polishing as well as serving customers

IF YOU COULD MAKE JEWELLERY FOR ANY ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY:

My new wife!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE GEMSTONE:

Sapphire

WHAT’S YOUR ‘TOP TIP’ FOR CUSTOMERS:

Clean your jewellery & watch it come alive again

Claire

Claire

MASTER LAPIDARY

WHAT DO YOU DO AT HOLTS GEMS? 

Lapidary and Gemstone and Jewellery advisor  

WHAT SPECIAL SKILLS DO YOU BRING TO HOLTS GEMS? 

Attention and focus to intricate details, restoring fine gems and antiques

IF YOU COULD MAKE OR CHOOSE JEWELLERY FOR ANY ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Sheridan Smith. I think she is a fantastic actress and a strong personality but also comes across as being quite down to earth. I would imagine she would like something bold and colourful without too much fuss.

FAVOURITE GEMSTONE?

Anything unusual but I truly love agates…however it does depend on the day!

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR CUSTOMERS? 

Go with your heart when choosing coloured gemstones and don’t be governed by the spec!

Yasmin

Yasmin

LAPIDARY APPRENTICE

WHAT DO YOU DO AT HOLTS GEMS?

Apprentice lapidary. I started working at Holts in September 2016 but I have spent a lot of time at Holts Gems over the years. It’s great to be able to say that I am now on the Goldsmiths apprenticeship scheme and I am learning every day!

WHAT SPECIAL SKILLS DO YOU BRING TO HOLTS GEMS?

Comedy…and bags of enthusiasm.

IF YOU COULD MAKE OR CHOOSE JEWELLERY FOR ANY ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Cinderella! I know she isn’t real but to be able to make an amazing tiara full of sparkling gemstones for a princess would be my dream.

FAVOURITE GEMSTONE?

Ocean jasper.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR CUSTOMERS?

Do some research before you buy gemstones or jewellery. There is so much information available now online it is worth finding out what you can about what you want to design and purchase.