In 1968 Mr Richard Blampied returned to Jersey as a newly qualified goldsmith to open a small jewellery workshop, at that time little more than a shed, behind the existing premises in Charing Cross, St Helier, Jersey.
The site, now owned by Richard, is part of Jersey’s history. Dating back to 1963, it was once Jersey’s main town prison and the prison cells are now in the basement of the shop today.
Most of the work undertaken by Richard and Heidi, his late wife, in the early years was repairs for the other St Helier jewellers, including long established family businesses, some sadly no longer trading. This work helped to fund their initially small production of handmade jewellery, which was designed by Heidi, and crafted by them both. The details of his first job – including its charge are still etched in Richard’s memory; 13 shillings and sixpence to replace a damaged opal!