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The guild of Master Craftsmen

The guild of Master Craftsmen

Studio Crafts was founded in 1988 by my parents Eddie and Sue Blackwell. They converted our private garage into a small shop and workshop in Roderick Avenue, Peacehaven, near Brighton East Sussex.

Our greatest belief is in giving a high quality and friendly service, with the rise in internet and television sales we believe you cannot beat that personal touch.

We want our customers to keep coming back time after time. So our knowledgeable team is always on hand to offer free advice on any queries you may have about your jewellery or the trade in general.

Studio Crafts is part of the guild of master craftsmen which shows our commitment to quality within the trade and guarantees our customers a 1st class service.

We specialise in Handmade jewellery and restorations of rings and one of our favourites is to use customer’s old gold which could be of great sentimental value but is maybe too worn to wear or out of fashion we could then melt it down to make a new beautiful piece, often to the customers design.


History

Studio Crafts was founded in 1988 by my parents Eddie and Sue Blackwell. They converted our private garage into a small shop and workshop in Roderick Avenue, Peacehaven, near Brighton East Sussex.

The trade side of the business quickly grew and the shop became well known in the town. Things became such a squeeze that in 1991 the decision was made to open a new larger shop in the meridian centre, Peacehaven, near Brighton East Sussex. This allowed the workshop to grow, taking on more repairs and employing more goldsmiths.

We began to stock a much wider variety of goods and in 1992 my sister Sam joined the company. Because of the increased rental charges and the lack of potential in 1996 the shop was again moved, this time down to the South Coast Road in Peacehaven, near Brighton East Sussex.

                  


Two shops were taken on offering an even bigger selection of jewellery and gifts and In 1997 I joined the company and the workshop was moved next to the shops, this made for a much more efficient process and promoted the repair and bespoke side of the company even more.

Over the following years the company grew to employe 22 members of staff including Sam’s husband Steve and in 2000 we were privileged enough to be commissioned to design and make the mayoral chain of Peacehaven, near Brighton East Sussex.

2004 was the biggest in the company’s history when an opportunity presented itself that was too good to turn down. Premises along the south coast road had become available to purchase. One of the conditions of the purchase was to keep the post office, so with some little persuading Sue took on the challenge of becoming the post mistress and with a lot hard work and some challenging interviews the purchase was completed and hard work began to turn these premises into a modern, up to date shop and fully equipped workshop. Eventually after months of hard graft the final works were finished on the post office and the mayor attended our official opening in June 2005.

We unfortunately lost Eddie in 2012.

Eddie spent over 50 years in the trade and having worked or managed every area of the retail and workshop he had probably forgotten more than most of us will ever know. He was a great inspiration to everyone he trained and is responsible for the careers of many of the repairing jewellers in the south east of England

Eddie started in the jewellery trade right after school doing an apprenticeship with Holbrook’s Jewellers in Bexhill, the owner of this shop and workshop had worked on some of the crown jewels and ironically had told Eddie he would never be good enough to do so, this of course proved incorrect. He did 6 years training as a diamond setter and general craftsman and then a further 2 to 3 years in London, from where his famous tale of having to sleep under the bench came from. After doing his national service in Korea He returned to the coast and started his own business in Tideswell Rd ,Eastbourne with his brother who had trained as a watchmaker as a trade jewellers. This was in the late 1950's . During the 1970`s and 1980's the company grew to provide a repair and bespoke jewellery service to much of southern England and owned several retail shops in Sussex. The workshop was moved to other sites in Eastbourne as trade conditions varied, including Bakers Rd and Meads Street with branches in Brighton and even a workshop in Cardiff for a while. After a downturn in the company's fortunes he decided to settle with Sue in Peacehaven where they converted our private garage into a small shop and workshop in Roderick Avenue, Peacehaven, near Brighton East Sussex.

Today we are still making history by making some wonderful creations and one day hope to help you.

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