Born in Western Australia, and been in the trade since the age of 17. Dan did his training and apprenticeship in manufacturing jewellery and diamond settings in Western Australia.
His first job was at Wensley’s Goldsmith of Fremantle under Bob Shadwick, and throughout his apprenticeships and training he wa a multiple award winning jeweller.
– WA Regional Competition (1994) 1st Place
– Western Australia Representative – National Work Skills competition – Melbourne (1995)
– Regional Competition (1996) 1st Place
Broome Shinju Matsuri Compertition
– Pearl & Jewellery Design Awards
– Student award (1994) Winner
– High Commended (1994)
Once Dan finished his apprenticeship and training, he adventured on to working in Kununurra and then came back to Perth and worked at Brinkhaus Jewellers in Claremont.
In 2001 Dan set a new goal and decided to open up his own workshop in London Court, Perth, and has been working in the premises since.
Favourite gem stone: Diamonds because they are a girls best friend.
Favourite metal: Platinum ans 18 carat.
Favourite tool: My hammer, it was my grandfather so its sentimental.
Best part of the job: Starting with square bar of metal and then turning it into someone’s dream piece of jewellery.
Worst part of the job: When people lick their fingers to take off a ring and then expect you to hold out your hand to receive it with a smile on your face.
Best tip from a jeweller: There is no such thing as can’t, so my father said.
Best tip to a jeweller: There is no such thing as can’t.
Love jewellery because: How many people can say their job is a hobby?
My bench is always: Immaculately organised, because it makes it easier to find stones when they flick.