Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery

In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop team.

We are delighted to announce that the gallery will open on Monday 9 December. We extend a welcome to all our loyal clients to visit in the week following (with three evening opportunities) to celebrate this important milestone.

The gallery will showcase a wondrous display of very special blue gemstones

The themes of our first exhibition revolve around the colour blue and ‘eclipse’. We featured blue gemstones in our ‘Gemmology Corner’ article in our last newsletter (click here to read the article) – the gallery will showcase a wondrous display of very special blue gemstones.

Visitors in our opening week will have the opportunity of open access to our studio workshop

A few years ago, we staged an ‘in-house’ competition to judge which staff member could design the best piece of jewellery based on the concept of an eclipse. We could never decide whose work was the best – so we resolved to manufacture each design to let others judge. Since then, Kylie and Yuki have added to the collection by contributing their own designs. Visitors in our opening week will have the opportunity of open access to our studio workshop – a chance to see how jewellery is made by hand and to talk to our talented jewellers. Naturally the pieces entered in the Australasian Jewellery Design Awards will be on show. Interestingly, Eleanor’s entry gives a sneak preview of the next theme that will be featured at our gallery – ‘Flora’.

We urge you to put aside a half hour in the week beginning Monday 9 December. Although we see your visits as an informal drop-in, if you did wish to discuss any jewellery matters during your visit, it might be wise to ring on 03 9650 3830 to give us a little notice. For those who find it difficult to fit their tour into normal work-day times, we intend to extend our opening hours to 7:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (11th to 13th of December).

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We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of the Jewellers Association of Australia Jewellers Awards 2019, with Greg John chosen as one of the finalists. Now it is time for the People’s Choice Award and we need your help. Follow the link below to vote for one of our jewellers designs and give one of our talented jewellers the credit they deserve.

https://www.jaa.com.au/vote/

Like the style of our jewellers designs? Contact us today to schedule an appointment to design your piece of jewellery with one of our talented jewellers. 03 9650 3830 or email us info@abrecht.com.au

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My earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays.

I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty paddocks there than houses. Aside from frequent discussions of the jewellery industry at our family dinner table, my earliest memories of the business were working as the messenger boy during school holidays. However, I did not seriously entertain the idea of joining the family firm as a career.

I chose to make my own way  – beginning work with the Commercial Bank of Australia and attending Melbourne University at night as a part time student. I joined a stock broking firm and after spending a few years in administration, on my 21st birthday I was appointed as an operator on the trading floor , an extremely exciting and demanding position.

The difficulties of juggling work with my university study became too onerous so I decided to take a year’s leave of absence to complete my Commerce course as a full time student.

My outside interests were centred around sport – cricket, football and golf until surfing became a dominating influence, which eventually overrode my earlier career choices. In order to move to the coast, I added a Diploma of Education to my Commerce degree and became a teacher at Foster High School.

Although I loved the job, the lure of the waves and letters from surfing mates overseas were too enticing and in 1978 (after marrying my wife Sally) we took off to Bali, surfboard in tow, with the view of travelling for 12 months. What a lifestyle! The best waves were often found in remote parts of Asia and Africa where we lived in tiny villages in places such as Sri Lanka, South Africa, Morocco and Sumatra. The year away turned into 3 ½ , but eventually our funds were exhausted and we began to think of returning home.

In a particularly well-timed letter, my father invited me to join the family business, and after contemplating the prospect in our tree-house room in Nias (Sumatra), I decided to give it a go.

The beauty of gemstones and jewellery design added another highly pleasurable layer to the normal stimulation of business.

I immediately found the multifaceted nature of the jewellery industry to be incredibly stimulating and I was eager to improve my knowledge, studying gemmology, diamond grading and valuing. The beauty of gemstones and jewellery design added another highly pleasurable layer to the normal stimulation of business.

I travelled extensively to service our customers in all major cities and towns around Australia and developed a relationship as agent for a major German manufacturer (OE Design based in Penang, Malaysia).

I achieved tremendous fulfilment from the work, but the business lifestyle came to an abrupt end when I was the victim of a well-planned robbery by a South American criminal gang who were ‘visiting’ Australia. Unharmed this time, the risks associated with travelling with cases full of high-value negotiable merchandise could no longer be ignored and reluctantly the family made a decision to discontinue this style of business.

It was at this point we made the decision to link up with long time friendly competitor, Fred Robert Abrecht. to form our current business – Abrecht Bird Jewellers.

So far, none of my sons are queuing up to take over the reins as our fifth generation. My first two sons, David and Chris, are qualified builders and obviously prefer to work outside rather than at a jewellery bench. Twins Dan and Josh enjoy their work in the food industry, Dan in vegetable produce, Josh as a Chef.

Although I missed the relationships formed with our retailer customers over past decades, I soon came to enjoy the chance to assist our growing list of private clients – sharing in their happy times and producing pieces of jewellery that delighted.

 

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I grew up living in Middle Park, then in Eden NSW and finished my high school education in Mentone. When I reached adulthood, I moved to Sydney and then Currumbin, on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It’s fair to say I moved around, but I am definitely a Melbournian through and through. Currently I feel I get the best of both worlds as I now live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and work in the city! I love the hustle and bustle of the city, it never sleeps, but I also love going home to my family every day.

Travelling has been a huge part of my life and I have always loved exploring different cultures, landscapes and especially food! Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest and backpacking around a lot of South America have definitely been highlights. I encourage anyone to step outside their comfort zone and explore the world too.

Finding a career in jewellery has also been a huge adventure for me. When my husband proposed, not only did I fall in love with my engagement ring, my curiosity got the better of me. I just had to know how it was made. That was the beginning of my fascination with the engineering side of jewellery manufacture. I was 35 years old when I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grow up. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to create something with my hands and my previous corporate jobs just weren’t giving me the same joy. It wasn’t until I picked up my first piece of metal and a saw frame that I instantly knew this was the job for me. Since that day, I have been on a huge ride.

Seven years on and I have been extremely fortunate to win some awards. I was Apprentice of the Year three years in a row, I won the apprentice category in a jewellery design competition for two consecutive years, but the one I am most proud of is winning Most Outstanding Apprentice Award at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2016.

As I embark on a new adventure at Abrecht Bird Jewellers, I still pinch myself every day. Not only do I work alongside some incredibly talented people, I have also found myself surrounded by a team of likeminded and supportive people who hold the same values: quality craftsmanship, honesty and integrity, using old-fashioned techniques in timeless design, to name a few. Each and every piece we make is made with love.

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My life started in July 1939 in Wellington NZ after my parents moved there from Melbourne.

It wasn’t long before the lure of Australia brought us back across the Tasman and we settled in Sydney.

My school days were dominated by sport (though somehow I did manage to get through to Year 12 and obtain a certificate to show that I had learnt something.)

In 1957 I won the Open 100 and 220 yards schools’ championships and the time for the 100 (9.8 seconds) was never broken, as metrics were brought in during the ’60s!

I started in 1958 in Sydney with my first job as an office boy in a paper-converting company. There I learnt the basics of printing before moving on to sales. This led me to ‘migrate’ to Melbourne (my Sydney mates thought I was ‘nuts’) where I continued in the same business. We first introduced printed carrier bags to Myers – and then the rest of Victoria followed.

A long-lost friend living in Melbourne introduced me to the world of advertising, and I joined one of the St Kilda Road agencies that had some well-known brands. One stand out was ACI, and we launched household names such as ‘pink Fiberglass batts’, the ‘glass can’ (later called the ‘stubby’) and Laminex. I also worked on the team that introduced the first drip-dry shirt (known as Gloweave) and the Polaroid instant camera – both of which were launched by the late Graham Kennedy on ‘In Melbourne Tonight’ in the early sixties. Other products in my group included the Beecham brands of Brylcream, Silvikrin and Eno.

A move back to Sydney for three years took place to further my experience in the advertising world. There I worked with Bryce Courtney (the creative director of McCann Erickson) on the Caltex, Mortein and Coca-Cola accounts. This was quite a fast-paced period, with daily deadlines – stress levels at least reduced by the ‘long lunches’.

A chance to move back to Melbourne came in 1965 to continue working on the ACI account and two years later I was introduced to a girl named Jill Abrecht. This certainly decided my ‘where-do-I-live’ dilemma and so began married life in Melbourne. Two sons later, I soon found that advertising and family life were not really a good mix for me. Thus, when a position in the family business became available, I offered myself as a candidate.

So began my career in jewellery. Eager to get my teeth into this ‘new thing’, I enjoyed the challenge of study, resulting in Diplomas of Gemmology and Diamond Technology. During this period I was gaining experience in the sales area of the business, including interstate trips (carrying our stock) to retailers as well as selling engagement rings to couples referred to us in our Little Collins Street office.

In the seventies and eighties I served on the Council of the Victorian Branch of the Gemmological Association (including one year as president) and held the position of Practical Lecturer in the Diploma of Diamond Studies for a number of years.

Following my time at the GAA, I moved to the Victorian Council of the Jewellers Association, where I was the convenor of their Grievance Committee for eight years, involving mediation in disputes between jewellers and customers throughout Victoria.

Although I’m cutting back on the hours (after nearly 50 years), I love my work and the way we are able to assist our customers with their jewellery needs – from a ‘check, clean and polish’ to a complicated remodel or a new engagement or wedding ring.

Hope to see you in the showroom one day and to help you with your jewellery requirements.

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‘…it is gratifying to be able to design these stories into pieces that, when made, can stimulate imaginations and memories.’

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I truly believe I could not have chosen a better career than being a creator of fine jewellery, although perhaps that is partially because it found me.

Born in August 1984, I was brought up in a wonderful family with a love for music and artistic appreciation. Being artistic expresses who I am and being a jeweller allows for an immeasurable universe of opportunity that I can see being supported and encouraged daily here at Abrecht Bird Jewellers.

I fell in love with dance at the age of five and continued dance as a dedicated time-consuming hobby for eighteen years. With most of my dance flair flowing out of tap shoes, it took some time before I would discover and pursue the delicate delight that is ballet.

Dancing, music, theatre, painting, sketching and many other artistic escapes allowed me to be a playful child, teenager, grown adult and now father!

My beautiful wife Leah and I were married in February 2008 and we are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Patrick and Charlotte.

We are so very happy helping them grow into wonderful human beings even though they are growing up quicker than we can keep track of!

When I started a Building Design Diploma in 2003, I thought I would become an architect of design housing. Little did I know that I was to become an architect, designer and builder, only on a much smaller scale. Becoming less enthralled in the course, I sought the guidance of a career counselor who, after exploring some ideas, suggested I become a jeweller. Bells started ringing and my eyes lit up and the next day I was in the city trying to sate my jewellery hunger.

I responded to an advertisement for a first year apprentice, attended an interview the next day, and began work at the bench within 24 hours.

Not one day has passed since then that I do not feel that same excitement and enthusiasm for the job. Now that I am with Abrecht Bird, I feel part of a professional, warm and creative team that makes styling jewellery all the more enjoyable.

The future is coming our of our hands!

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Having a dressmaker as a mother and an embroiderer for a grandmother, I grew up with a lot of artistic inspiration around me and I was always encouraged by both of them from a young age to take part in arts and crafts. Some of my fondest childhood memories were playing in Mum’s old button box, playing with off-cuts of fabric from the garment she was making and watching Grannie sew and bead her latest embroidered creation.

Through early high school I used my spare time making beaded jewellery which I could sell at craft markets on the weekends. I have always had an interest in making jewellery since then, and in year 10 I took part in work experience with a contemporary jeweller. The insight into the jewellery trade set me on the path of wanting a career as a jeweller. In VCE, I elected to do as many art subjects as possible and completed my study with Art, Studio Art and Visual Communications.

After finishing high school I was accepted into the Jewellery Engineering course at NMIT in 2008 where I learnt the basic techniques of making and crafting fine jewellery. Since joining Abrecht Bird I have completed my four year apprenticeship to become a qualified manufacturing jeweller in 2016 and through doing so have partaken in a number of jewellery competitions and been fortunate enough to win apprentice of the year three years in a row.

My love and appreciation of jewellery has only grown since and I find it so satisfying starting with a sketch on a piece of paper and a bar of gold profile wire and moulding and shaping it into something beautiful that someone will feel pride in wearing. There is nothing better than seeing the pleasure and appreciation of your work in the client’s eyes when they see their new hand made jewellery piece for the first time.

Having a family background in the jewelley industry going back through to my great grandfather owning the largest manufacturing jewellery company ‘The House of Hawke’ and the ties between my family and the Abrecht family, I feel proud to be part of the trade and welcomed into the Abrecht Bird company and family. I’ve enjoyed meeting our clients over the years and look forward to helping you at Abrecht Bird in the future.

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​Greg began his apprenticeship in 1970, trained in the highly respected workshop of LW Designers under the keen eye of Master Jewellers, Kurt Lenk and Herbert Wiesboech. This was a period when the Melbourne jewellery industry was flourishing and Greg was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn a wide range of hand-making skills and manufacturing techniques.

It quickly became apparent to those who mixed with Greg in these formative years that here was a rare talent, eager to learn but also to think though processes and experiment with design. A shrewd observer, David Bird, was amongst those who became one of Greg’s major customers, opening up a market for his earliest designs on diamond and coloured stone rings to retail jewellers around Australia.

After some years running his own manufacturing retail businesses in Bentleigh and Mornington, Greg travelled to Queensland where he established and ran a large jewellery manufacturing facility in the rich gemstone area of Emerald in central Queensland.

Even at this distance, contact remained with the Bird business as Greg continued to produce jewellery for distribution to the Australian retail sector.

For family reasons Greg returned to Melbourne in 1988 and was eagerly recruited by highly respected jewellers, Precious Metals, and later, Makers Mark, where he established the workshop in the Collins street gallery. As evidence of how frequently paths cross in our industry, Greg for some time ran the jewellery workshop of Fred Robert Abrecht.

Greg has added to his hand-skills by enthusiastically studying all aspects of our industry, he is fascinated by gemstones and holds diplomas in both gemmology and diamond technology and is a qualified jewellery valuer.

Greg’s unique talent will gain wide recognition in years to come and many clients will proudly declare that their individual design bears his distinct makers mark as seen below.

opal and diamond ring, custom made opal ring, Abrecht Bird, Abrecht Bird Jewellers, quality hand made designs, Greg John, custom made engagement rand wedding ring

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It is important to have your jewellery checked on a regular basis for signs of wear and the consequent risk to gemstones. In line with our commitment to ongoing after sales service, we visit regional Victoria throughout the year, offering a complimentary check, clean and polish of your jewellery. Invitations are sent about four weeks prior to the visit with half-hour appointments accepted. We encourage you to tell others about this service as they may not be on our mailing list. On many occasions these visits have saved gemstones being lost with the timely discovery of worn or missing claws during inspections.

A valuation service is available as well as a catalogue of jewellery ideas. Other services include advice on restoration and remodeling of those precious items of jewellery you have hidden away or creating a new unique design.

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Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Newsletter | staff An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop...

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978. staffMy earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays. I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty...

New pearl earrings

New pearl earrings

New pearl earrings

New pearl earrings

These South Sea pearl earrings are new to our current collection. Modeled here by Hannah, they are available as a unique contrasting pair or in a pearl colour of your choice.

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Types of pearl jewellery

Types of pearl jewellery

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Pearls | Pendants | rings Pearls can come in so many different types, sizes and colours. Which ones do you prefer? Visit our gallery here for inspiration.Abrecht bird | Abrecht Bird Jewellers | Akoya...

Types of pearls

Types of pearls

Akoya pearl necklace and earringsSouth Sea pearl rings, pendant, earrings and a Keshi braceletFreshwater pearl necklace and pendant Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made jewellery | Pearls | Pendants | rings What is a pearl? Pearl is...

New pearl earrings

New pearl earrings

Facebook | Pearls | staff These South Sea pearl earrings are new to our current collection. Modeled here by Hannah, they are available as a unique contrasting pair or in a pearl colour of your choice.Abrecht bird | Abrecht Bird Jewellers | creative jewellery | custom...

Hand made orange sapphire and diamond ring – our newest creation

Hand made orange sapphire and diamond ring – our newest creation

Hand made orange sapphire and diamond ring – our newest creation

Hand made orange sapphire and diamond ring – our newest creation

This newest creation from our jeweller Jarrad, showcases all the benefits of a completely hand made and designed piece. A one off vivid orange sapphire and diamond ring with movable component adds an element of fun. Now available to view in our showroom.

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Blue Gemstones

Blue Gemstones

Creative designs | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made jewellery | heirloom jewelleryDifferent types of blue gemstones Search the internet for ‘blue gemstones’ and you will find a list of at least 33 stones ranging in alphabetical order from agate to zircon, but from...

Congratulations Ryan and Anna

Congratulations Ryan and Anna

Black diamond | Creative designs | Customer feedback | Diamond Ring | Engagement | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings Congratulations to Ryan and Anna on their recent engagement with this one off custom designed black diamond creation....

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Hand made pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Hand made pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Hand made pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Hand made pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Our jeweller Jarrad’s hand made pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring, made from his own design and lovingly created for his sister. Congratulations Tara and Chris on their engagement.

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Blue Gemstones

Blue Gemstones

Creative designs | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made jewellery | heirloom jewelleryDifferent types of blue gemstones Search the internet for ‘blue gemstones’ and you will find a list of at least 33 stones ranging in alphabetical order from agate to zircon, but from...

Congratulations Ryan and Anna

Congratulations Ryan and Anna

Black diamond | Creative designs | Customer feedback | Diamond Ring | Engagement | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings Congratulations to Ryan and Anna on their recent engagement with this one off custom designed black diamond creation....

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Talented Eleanor Awarded

Talented Eleanor Awarded

Talented Eleanor Awarded

Talented Eleanor Awarded

Almost every newsletter brings an announcement of Eleanor Hawke’s latest achievement.
Eleanor’s talents were recently rewarded once more when she won the gold medal in the Victorian Worldskill Olympics.
Many trades, such as plumbers, builders, hairdressers, and of course jewellers, compete in their appropriate divisions by performing complex assignments in a given time limit (in Eleanor’s case, nine hours).

Read more in the Abrecht Bird News.

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Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Newsletter | staff An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop...

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978. staffMy earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays. I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty...

Creative Design On Show

Creative Design On Show

Creative Design On Show

Creative Design On Show

Since our last edition I have had the honour to represent Abrecht Bird Jewellers in the inaugural ‘Bench Challenge’ at the Sydney International Trade Fair. As well as three engravers, two CAD technicians and one stone setter, five jewellers were selected from Australia and New Zealand and put to the test in a ‘Mystery Box’ style event. At the start of the fair we were all given an equal but limited amount of gold (10 grams total of white and rose gold) and a collection of gemstones – one pink cubic zirconia marquise cut and nine small white zirconias of different sizes.

Read more in the Abrecht Bird News

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Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Newsletter | staff An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop...

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978. staffMy earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays. I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty...

Greg goes Bronze

Greg goes Bronze

Greg goes Bronze

Greg goes Bronze

Since 2005 the Lord Mayor’s commendations acknowledge and celebrate the long-term commitment of independent small business proprietors to the City of Melbourne municipality.

Greg John was invited to join Abrecht Bird Jewellers as a partner in 2000 and was honoured with a bronze award at the Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 1 October 2014.

Read more in the  Abrecht Bird News.

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Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Newsletter | staff An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop...

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978. staffMy earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays. I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty...

Destined for Greatness

Destined for Greatness

Destined for Greatness

Destined for Greatness

What a year it has been for Eleanor Hawke! Following on from winning the 2013 Regional Worldskills Trade Olympics, Eleanor has
also taken out ‘Apprentice of the Year’. We are all very proud of her achievements. Well done, Eleanor!

Read more in the Abrecht Bird News.

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Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Newsletter | staff An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop...

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978. staffMy earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays. I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty...

Three cheers for our ladies!

Three cheers for our ladies!

Three cheers for our ladies!

Three cheers for our ladies!

​Since the publication of our last newsletter, our female staff have achieved outstanding results in their professional development.
Margaret Blood and Kylie Pels have both completed training as gemmologists and recently received their gemmology diplomas at a presentation at the Gemmological Association of Australia, in Melbourne. This follows two years of intensive study involving lectures, practical sessions and extra classes that frequently involved three to four nights each week and extra sessions on the weekend.

Meanwhile, Eleanor Hawke was encouraged by Greg to participate in the 2013 Regional Worldskills Trade Olympics.

Read more in the  Abrecht Bird News.

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Gallery Invitation

Gallery Invitation

Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Newsletter | staff An exclusive invitation to our jewellery gallery In our last newsletter we forecast the opening of our gallery – a showcase of the artistic talent and artisan skills of our workshop...

JAA People’s Choice Award

JAA People’s Choice Award

Creative designs | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | rings | staff We are so proud of our three talented jewellers at Abrecht Bird. Greg John, Eleanor Hawke and Yuki Mathwin have all submitted a hand made item of jewellery as part of...

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978. staffMy earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays. I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty...