Aurum Jewellers

Our creative journey through the years

 

Year

1968

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!

1968

Year

1978

Expansion of the business

Perhaps its uniqueness amongst St Helier’s jewellers is the size and accessibility of the onsite workshop, which together with the elegant retail shop, has grown and expanded with the purchases of the adjoining properties in 1978 and 1993.

1978

Year

1982

HMS Victory Model

Male customers to Aurum are often found staring with deep fascination at this large silver ship Nelson’s  HMS Victory, a flagship piece commissioned by the Coombe Trust. The ship has been on display in Lloyds of London and Portsmouth and is presently on view in the Aurum showroom.

1982

Year

1986

The train that took six years to arrive

Commencing in 1986 Richard Blampied and Derek Uren spent many long hours crafting a model of the locomotive 'King George V' using all the skills they normally employed to manufacture jewellery to the highest standards. This sterling silver replica is a faithful scale model of the locomotive, constructed using copies of the original plans.


It was entirely hand-made over a period of six years, comprising of 659 pieces weighing a total of 883 gm. 18ct yellow and red gold have been used in place of the brass and copper fittings and two-brilliant cut diamonds, total weight 0.25 ct., are set into the lamps. The tender holds 179ct. of sapphires which represent the coal. All the valve gear and wheels are in working order and the model will roll on the track if required.

1986

Year

1989

A replica of the 17th Century Baliff's mace is created

As the workshop’s reputation for fine and individual work grew within Jersey, Aurum was selected for many important commissions. Among these was an extremely important piece; the replica 17th Century Bailiff’s mace that was presented by the States of Jersey to HM Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her visit to Jersey.

1989

Year

1997

Julie Blampied-Smyth joins the Aurum family

Julie Blampied-Symth has followed in her Father's footsteps and become a qualified goldsmith; training, as Richard did, in Pforzheim, Germany before joining the family business in 1997. During her time at Aurum she has made many trips to Europe and Asia sourcing and acquiring amazing gemstones which are of extreme importance to any prospective jewellery item. They are intrinsic to Aurum's success and certainly only the most breathtakingly beautiful high quality stones are chosen.

1997

Year

2003

Victoria College School

As an 'old school leaver' it was a great honour for Richard to be asked to create a silver scale model of Victoria College for their bicentennial year. The model is now on display at Victoria College preparatory School on the staircase up to the great hall.

2003

Year

2004

The First Aurum Collection

Ambition and the pursuit for excellence have spurred Richard on to seek opportunities further afield. Aurum’s talented goldsmiths have produced so far seven desirable limited edition collections. They have been designed by Richard’s wife Alexa Blampied, and as well as being extremely beautiful, have proven highly collectible with most of the pieces now sold. All seven wonderfully individual collections have been received to great acclaim and featured in the national press.

2004

Year

2010

The Bailiwick Chess set

The limited edition chess set finally came to fruition in order to celebrate and commemorate Aurum’s 40th birthday. The ‘Bailiwick’ chess set depicts the friendly rivalry between Jersey and Guernsey, and also reflects direct customer input as to which Channel Island characters would create the most interesting and practical chess pieces. After the design and wax carving stage each cast sterling silver model must be hand finished and polished. The board is made of 32 squares of Jersey Mont Mado granite and 32 squares of ‘blue’ Guernsey granite cut and polished by a local firm and each box is handmade by a local craftsman.

2010

Year

2011

Official Presentation Piece for His Excellency The Lieutenant Governor, General Sir Andrew Ridgeway

In June 2011 Aurum was extremely proud to be asked by the States of Jersey to design and make the official presentation piece from the island of Jersey, to His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, General Sir Andrew Ridgeway in recognition and gratitude for their five years of dedicated service to the island.

The resulting piece was a sterling silver and Jersey Oak scale model of a Jersey apple crusher, a recognisable and well-loved symbol of traditional Jersey Life designed and created by Alexa Blampied our in-house designer and the team of goldsmiths.

2011