A Jewellery Book With More Than One Story

A Jewellery Book With More Than One Story

Written by on 8 June 2017

At Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery it’s never just about the jewellery. The story behind a bespoke design or the reason why someone chose us is just as important...

In 2015 Paul and his partner Sam visited our Hertfordshire studio to find their dream engagement ring and they had a consultation with Alice, one of our Senior Designers.  During their consultation Paul started chatting to Alice about the fact that his grandfather was a qualified jeweller and had actually written a book on the subject.

As the conversation continued, something on the shelf above Alice’s desk caught Paul’s eye...  ‘Jewellery Manufacture and Repair’ by Charles Jarvis. Paul’s Grandfather. The very book Paul had told Alice about was perfectly poised in our jewellery reference library, looking down at him as he chose an engagement ring for his future wife. What were the chances?

The discovery brought a whole new dimension to Paul and Sam’s experience and the couple couldn’t help but think that the late Charles had brought them to Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. They decided upon a beautiful Art Deco style engagement ring with a dramatic emerald cut tourmaline and recycled baguette cut diamonds and it felt like Charles approved!

Sam and Paul later returned to our studio to commission their wedding rings and then this week they brought Paul’s mum along to show her how her father’s book is being used today.

The comprehensive reference book covers the entire field of jewellery manufacture and repair and was one which proved to be an invaluable tool for Harriet when she was learning about jewellery. The book, published in 1978, is still used by our designers today and despite the advancement of CAD technology this type of jewellery reference book remains an essential part of a designer’s toolkit. We’re passionate about the traditional craft of goldsmithing and the importance of hand sketching and the publication covers everything from basic techniques of metal working to making and decorating shanks and shoulders. The book is illustrated throughout with 280 line drawings, all sketched by Charles himself.

Charles began his working life as an apprentice at Birmingham jewellery manufacturers Payton Pepper & Sons. After his apprenticeship he joined the Metropolitan Police force, and served for about 10 years before joining the RAF to train as a pilot at the outbreak of war. After the war he joined the workshop of Bostock & Rainer of Hatton Garden, quickly progressing to foreman of the business and in 1961 he was promoted to managing director.

We were delighted to be able to show Sam, Paul and his mother Rita around our Hertfordshire studio and demonstrate to them just how valuable Charles’ book has been to Harriet Kelsall Bepsoke Jewellery.