BRENT SUTCLIFFE

Brent Sutcliffe is a rare commodity in New Zealand. A master craftsman, internationally awarded and passionate about producing world-class jewellery, right here in New Zealand. Brent has long been schooled in the craft of goldsmithing and design. His father, Lance, established Sutcliffe Jewellery back in 1968, having been a jeweller himself since he was 14. Lance's success as a jeweller and businessman inspired Brent to do an apprenticeship upon leaving school in 1988.  As an apprentice in New Zealand, Brent won many awards and was always recognised for his apprenticeship assessments.

After working in New Zealand for 12 years, Brent left for London, where he worked in Hatton Garden, the jewellery heart of London. For a passionate jeweller, it was a thrill to work alongside other famous houses such as Graff, de Beers and the London Diamond Borse. It was here that Brent came into his own, surprising the London jewellery world by taking out their top prize. This was also where Brent developed a love for antique jewellery, a speciality that added a new dimension to his designs. 

SUTCLIFFE JEWELLERY

Sutcliffe is as unique in New Zealand as the beautiful jewellery that we design. Our international award winning pedigree, combined with a long local history of artisan craftsmanship, set us apart from any other jeweller in New Zealand. Our impeccably high standards and passion for our craft were set long before our award winning days in London and continue to this day. It is this internationally recognised skill set that we apply to each and every piece of jewellery we produce, ensuring that our jewellery doesn’t just stand out in New Zealand, but stands tall against any other international jewellery brand. We are a boutique store, offering the very best personal service. Our quality stones are handpicked and conflict free, and our attention to detail is second to none.

Buying jewellery is a very special event, so it’s important to us that people enjoy the whole Sutcliffe experience, from the minute they walk through the door. Our mission is to create pieces that are both simultaneously beautiful and original. Jewellery that says something special about the neck it adorns, or the hand carrying it. To achieve this, we begin by understanding what our customer desires, before looking back at our sources of inspiration and beginning the design process.

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OUR AWARDS

In 2003, Brent competed against 700 British jewellers in the British Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards. He walked away with the industry's top honours: Diamond Mounter (Jeweller) of the Year and the Gold Award for Small Works. In addition to these prestigious honours, Brent was also awarded a specifically created Special Council Award, as further recognition of his high-quality work.

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of twelve great Livery Companies of the City of London, receiving its first Royal Charter in 1327. For seven centuries, the Goldsmith's Company has been responsible for testing the quality of precious metals and for regulating the craft and trade of the goldsmith. In 1908, they commenced an annual competition, awarding prizes to encourage design in gold or silver. Ninety-five years later, Brent Sutcliffe won three of the Goldsmith's Guilds' awards, adding him to the annals of distinguished jewellers of Britain.

Brent's violin took 170 hours to complete. It is 18ct white gold and weighs a total of 39 grams. The case took a further 200 hours and weighs 83 grams (although this was not submitted as part of the competition).  The violin measures 7.5cm in length and has over 1000 diamonds over the body at a total weight of 20.5 carats, and 2.5 carats of sapphires along the stem. The hair-thin strings are also white gold and can be turned on the dial of the violin.