My Work Experience at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery

My Work Experience at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery

Written on 7 July 2017

For my work experience I had the opportunity to work at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery in Weston for a week. On Monday I worked with the hospitality team tidying and organising the showroom and the display cabinets. This gave me an idea of how busy the studio gets and the high standards of the company. In the afternoon I spent some time with the designers while they were sketching new ring designs and they  explained what they need to do in order to move it on to manufacture in the workshop. After this, I attended a design meeting which showed me all the different elements of jewellery design and how they are continually tweaked to satisfy the customer. This was the end of my first day and I really enjoyed it, it gave me an idea of how the company works and the scale that it works on.

On Tuesday I had the task to design and create a new leaflet for the children’s parties that are offered at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.  This pushed me out of my comfort zone as I have never designed or created a leaflet in Photoshop before but with the help of Will (the photographer at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery) I managed to create the front of the leaflet. For the afternoon I worked with Will to photograph some jewellery and after this he showed me the basic process to edit a ring for the website.

On Wednesday I worked with Rachel to reorganise and update the press books, in which all of the articles that Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has been mentioned in are kept, these books were then placed in the lobby for customers to look at while they wait for their consultation. Then in the afternoon I was back with Will doing daily photography and spent some time in Photoshop.

On Thursday I had some time in the workshop shadowing the goldsmiths and I got an understanding of their day-to-day schedule, for example repairs, redesigns and starting on new bespoke projects. I was back with Rachel after lunch, cutting out display tags for the store in Cambridge. Next I was back on daily photography with Will, he showed me how he edits the ready to wear range for the website. Towards the end of the day I managed to finish my leaflet that I started on Tuesday.

Today is my last day and I’m currently writing this blog. After this I’ll catch up with Emilie from HR about how my week has been and in the afternoon I’m with Will for one last time. I have enjoyed this experience in the working world and would love to return if they would allow me too. I have learnt a lot and believe that it will benefit my learning in photography business studies and resistant materials. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this area. I want to thank all of the members of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery for my time here as I believe it has helped me understand what work is like.

The image above is of some ring designs that I sketched while I spent time with the designers.