Forged in Creativity.
We creatively design and traditionally hand-craft one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery in our workshop, which is situated next to our shop, just a stone’s throw away from Canterbury Cathedral.
The inimitable creative partnership of Husband and Wife, Goldsmith and Designer.
As a Designer with an in depth knowledge of Gemstones and Diamond grading, Rose loves to combine ideas and inspirations in colour and flowing movement. She possesses a unique way of getting to know each client personally, ensuring design commissions truly capture elements of their personality and convey emotion.
This is the ideal complement to André, an Award-Winning Master Goldsmith, who has over thirty years experience at the bench. His close relationship with Rose allows him to fully appreciate her creative vision. He takes the piece from the page and brings them to life with balance, harmonious form and enduring beauty.
André and Rose were schooled by a German Master, just like the original founder Ortwin Thyssen, in the ancient practices of the traditional jewellery maker. Over the last four decades they have sought to continue and hone this art. Combining their talents and bringing originality and authenticity together. All pieces are designed and hand-crafted in-house. We use the finest and highest-quality materials to ensure that they stand the test of time.
We pride ourselves in the signature beauty, variation, perfection and precision of our jewellery. Welcome. Visit our shop to experience our work first-hand. If you have a design idea you would like to explore, please contact us to arrange a Design Consultation. We feel incredibly blessed to work together and be trusted with such valuable work.
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With André Viljoen and Rose Citton
When we design commissions for you it is a magical experience. It culminates in a timeless piece of art that you will treasure forever.
Whether you have something in mind or no idea where to begin, no matter what your dream, it will begin to take shape as you sit with Rose and ideas begin flowing on the page. The pencils will inspire you as they glide through the sketch books and ideas are realised on paper. See and handle beautiful Gemstones and stunning Diamonds.
Your emotions and personal character traits are captured in the expressive lines of Rose’s drawings, and by the conclusion of the consultation you will have a full understanding of the beautiful handmade masterpiece we could craft for you. Once you are delighted with the design, Rose will share the creative vision with her husband, Master Goldsmith, André Viljoen. He will call on his many years of experience at the bench, transforming the original idea from the page to reality by beginning to forge and sculpt. The workshop becomes filled with sounds of craftsman’s artistry as the metal begins to takes shape.
When we create your design commission piece, it is authentically hand-crafted at every stage by traditional methods. It is brought to perfection in a simply beautiful, and often breath-taking, piece that is as individual as you are.
Every commission begins with an idea and we invite you to a complimentary Design Consultation. This is your opportunity to meet with Rose, in-person or online, and explore ideas. Whenever possible we encourage clients to visit our shop. It is vital to make an appointment so that Rose is available to sit down and discuss your commission, show you the workshop and have to hand the many precious materials and pieces we have. Our dedicated design studio and meeting room is a quiet, private space, free from distraction. We understand that not everyone can visit us and we can conduct consultations via Skype or Zoom.
An Award-Winning Master Goldsmith, André is a true artisan and has spent his entire working life at the bench. From his initial apprenticeship, at the same Pretoria jewellery house as Rose, he has honed and developed the ancient skills he was taught by an uncompromising Master Jeweller. During his career he has hand-crafted jewellery, time pieces and even ornate cutlery. André is perfectly placed to translate Rose’s ideas into authentic, stunning works of art. He is known for his signature precision and flawless finish.
An accomplished and naturally creative designer, Rose is our passionate front of house. Her career began at one of the most celebrated jewellery houses in Pretoria, South Africa. Here she studied Gemstones, Diamonds and Pearls whilst designing a fascinating array of pieces for international clients. For more than thirty years Rose’s unique ability to collaborate and get close to clients, coupled with her flare and in-depth knowledge of the history, materials and craft, has resulted in a wonderful cornucopia of jewellery designs.
53 Palace Street, The Kings Mile, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom, CT1 2DY
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Opening hours - Details
Appointments available from 11am to 4pm, please call/email to book.