Qualifications

Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate in Manufacturing Jewellery 1984

Trade Certificate in Manufacturing Jewellery 1985

Preliminary Examinations in Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain 1990

Diamond Certificate, Gemological Institute of America 2003

Colored Stone Certificate,

Gemological Institute of America 2007

Graduate Gemologist,

Gemological Institute of America 2008

 

Gerard Smith

Time Line

1981 - Started Apprenticeship as Manufacturing Jeweller at Adrian Jackson Ltd, Taupo, NZ

1985 - Completed Apprenticeship / Trade Certificate 1985 - Goldsmith at McClurgs Ltd, Napier, NZ

1989 - Goldsmith at Lamont and Wells Ltd, Wimbledon, London

1989 - Enrolled in Gemmology Course, John Cass Collage, City of London University, London, UK

1990 - Workshop Manager, Anthony Paul Jewellery Ltd, Windsor, UK

1990 - Preliminary Examinations in Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britian

1992 - Workshop Manager Greive Jewellers Ltd, Hastings, NZ

1994 - Founded Blooms Fine Jewellery Ltd, Napier, NZ

2003 - Graduated Diamonds, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad California Campus, USA

2004 - Sold Blooms Fine Jewellery Ltd, Napier, NZ

2005 - Workshop Manager at Diamond Oceans Jewellery Ltd, Falmouth, Cornwall

2007 - Graduated Colored Stones, Gemological Institute of America, London Campus, UK 

2008 - Founded Glisten Jewellery Ltd, Napier, NZ

2008 - Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad California Campus, USA

2009 - Unveiling and exhibition of "Oyster Catcher" at Statements Gallery, Napier, New Zealand

2012 - Member of The Jewellery Valuers Society of New Zealand 

Areas of Expertise

Goldsmithing

Gem Setting

Gemmology

Diamond grading 

Valuer

Designing

Managing Director of Glisten

Glisten Jewellery is a leading jewellery design studio and
retail store based in Napier, New Zealand, which specialises in beautiful hand made jewellery using exquisite coloured stones, diamonds and precious metals.

 

Founded by Gerard Smith and Janeen Kydd-Smith, Glisten Jewellery has carved out a niche market catering for bespoke and innovative jewellery design which meets the individual requirements of its discerning customers. Gerard has 27 years' experience as a qualified Manufacturing Jeweller and is a Graduate Gemmologist of the Gemmological Institute of America.  He has worked in New Zealand, The United States of America and England dealing in diamonds and making jewellery to clients' requirements. Gerard also works with mixed media using oil painted canvas with gold, platinum and gemstone elements as art pieces. His work has been shown internationally. For more information on the art work please visit gerardsmith.co.nz.

 

Glisten Jewellery uses the experience of its manufacturing staff and its contacts in the gemstone and diamond trade world wide to provide each customer with jewellery made to the highest standards. Our desire to listen to our customers means elements of their personalities come through in the finished commissioned work. The desire to make each piece unique also comes through with the “off the shelf “pieces we sell using the finest materials and innovative design.