A day in the life for David de Silva involves the design of jewellery with exquisite diamonds and precious stones.
If you’re looking for a bespoke design or an older piece remodelled to make a statement in 2018 – de Silva can deliver.
His services are highly sought after for remodelling jewellery into modern pieces. His designs are timeless and beautifully handcrafted.
David works with platinum, white and yellow gold and silver. Engagement and wedding rings feature as some of his most popular creations.
His career began in Port Macquarie, when he chose the jewellery trade for work experience at school.
“I began in 1992 doing work experience with Claude Sarno, which turned into a technical apprenticeship,” said David.
His studies continued at the Design Institute in Sydney, gaining a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture and Repair.
Travelling around Europe in his twenties led him to sell jewellery in Turkey, before finding himself in the cooler climate of Scotland working for a prestigious Glasgow jeweller. In Scotland David completed a specialist platinum training course and met his wife, Lynne.
The couple returned to Port Macquarie to establish de Silva Jewellers in July 2004.
A typical day for a jeweller is rewarding and creative. David discusses concepts with couples to discover more about the style and design they’re looking for. He then contacts diamond suppliers to source the most suitable stones.
“I generally get two or three stones for couples to view and compare, before selecting the perfect one. Some people know exactly what they want, and others need a little guidance. I’m more than happy to share my knowledge and experience in selecting stones,” said David.
Next it’s into the studio for the finer details to create the design.
“I start with a small bar of gold or platinum, and roll, hammer and bend it into the right size and shape, then hand make each setting to fit each stone. This is intricate work, which I really enjoy. Once the ring is assembled and polished, I set the stones. It’s a fairly simple but delicate process, making sure each stone sits perfectly and secure.”
One final polish, and inspection takes place before the jewellery is nestled into a box for collection.
People’s reactions are the best part of his day.
“Their eyes light up. Being able to bring people joy is fantastic, and restoring a treasured item for someone is a great feeling.”
Whether you’re looking for a custom design, remodel, repair or a unique piece for a special celebration, David will create your design with exceptional attention to detail.
David once sourced a pear shaped, D colour, flawless, one-carat diamond. The couple were told by three other jewellers that it couldn’t be found.
“Within two days I had a stone in for them to view which was perfect, and together we were able to realise their dream. That was a great day!” desilvajewellers.com.au
6:00am Walk our dog or bike ride at Wayne Richards park with my boys.
7:00am Breakfast, while listening to my boys practise their instruments; between them the now play piano, guitar, trombone and trumpet. Ours is a very noisy house!
9:00am Go to work for some peace and quiet! Organise my work for the day and answer any emails.
9:30am Open the workshop for business. Meet with clients to discuss engagement and wedding ring designs.
10:30am Melt old gold into one solid bar to be reworked into a solid gold hinged bangle.
11:30am Chat with a client about a ring repair; quote on the work.
12:30pm Stop for a quick bite to eat. Call the diamond merchants to source diamonds for earlier clients and arrange to view stones in the next few days.
1:00pm Turn up a platinum ring and make the setting.
3:00pm Set the diamonds.
4:00pm Appointment with client to view sapphires and diamonds for a pair of earrings.
5:00pm Tidy up and head home to the family.