Jewellery workshop...

There are certain things that always have and always will fascinate me. The desert (been there), skydiving (one day…), people who understand every last little function on their camera (I'm learning)… Another thing is jewellery making and the craft of a goldsmith. I hugely admire craftspeople who create things from absolute scratch and and have become masters in their field and art. When, at the age of 16, we had to do a 3 week work placement, I did mine at a goldsmith's workshop. I still remember how much I loved and enjoyed it. The intricate work, the techniques, what can be done with precious metals and how a piece of jewellery comes together. 

Like a lot of crafts, actual small goldsmith workshops and businesses are becoming fewer and fewer, so when, on my last visit to Germany, I came past this shop in a small side street, I couldn't help myself and had to go in. The workshop forms part of the shop and it straight away made me want to sit down, pick up some tools and create something. I didn't. Instead I politely asked whether they would mind if I took some photos and explained why. So, this is Galerie Unique, a jewellery shop, workshop, and goldsmith located in a house which is around 500 years old in the old town of Hameln (yes, the one with the pied piper). A place where industrial meets art and where you can have a piece of jewellery made to your specifications. Wouldn't it be a shame to lose all theses sort of places to cheap and mass-produced imports?